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FC Dallas will face Nashville SC for their third match of the new MLS season. So far Dallas has faced Toronto FC at home and the New England Revolution away, earning a 0-1-1 record. Nashville has traveled to Seattle and Minnesota facing the Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United FC earning a 1-1-0 record.
Dallas should have an advantage since the game will be played in Frisco at Toyota Stadium. El Matador, Dallas' top supporter group, made their presence known during the home opener and they intend to continue to have a huge presence in the stadium. The changes the club made during the offseason provided hope to the supporters that the club truly intends to become competitive again:
"One of the obvious differences in excitement this year is the club's investment into the team. That was a very big sell to bring people back out even in such terrible weather," -Luis Dollar, President of El Matador. He also voiced his excitement for El Matador's involvement this season:
"For El Matador this season is definitely the start of us becoming bigger and better than we've been before. The goal for seasons to come is to become a main staple name when SG's are spoken about around the league,"
He voiced his belief that El Matador can help the club build a true home field advantage:
"The fans and the atmosphere in football is everything when it comes to success at home. We will try our best to make Frisco the fortress it once was,"
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Dallas could see two changes made in the starting lineup tomorrow. Alan Velasco is in Frisco after a lengthy delay. He was technically available for their last match against the New England Revolution but Nico Estevez decided to push his debut back. Dallas teased Velasco's possible debut this weekend on Twitter.
On his latest podcast episode, Buzz Carrick also mentioned the possibility of Velasco starting over Jader Obrian. In addition to Velasco, he also mentioned the possibility of Nanu taking Ema Twumasi's spot. Nanu has come off the bench twice and played a total of 44 minutes.
For the 3rd Degree episode: (https://3rddegree.castos.com/)
Buzz usually provides practice reports in his podcast so he's predictions about the starting eleven are usually spot on.
For the score prediction, I'm going with the optimistic prediction and say 3-1. Ferreira scores his first, along with Velasco and Arriola, giving Dallas fans a glimpse at their new offense.
Players to Consider in Fantasy-
Velasco is a bit of a gamble since he hasn't seen MLS action yet and he missed preseason. If you feel good about him making an impact then I say go ahead and add him to your team.
Pomykal should be more comfortable playing at home and with the amount of attacking talent that this team has, he should record an assist tomorrow night.
Farfan is a good, cheap pick for defense. He's averaging 5.00 points and is only $5.1.
FC Dallas will play at 7:30PM tomorrow night.