FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Preview and Predictions
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FC Dallas will face the New York Red Bulls tomorrow night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey at 6:00PM. Dallas are currently on a four game unbeaten run, the latest being a 3-1 victory at home. The Red Bulls are coming off a 2-1 loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena.
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Dallas has been in excellent form lately, so there isn't a reason to change anything, except to allow players to recover from injury or workload management. Unfortunately Dallas had a player leave the last game with a knock. Matt Hedges was subbed out at halftime, supposedly with a pulled calf.
Nanu came out at the 66th minute, allowing for Ema Twumasi to earn some minutes. It was revealed on another podcast (Buzz Carrick's 3rd Degree) that Nanu was injured and did not train. It's unknown if the injury occurred during the game.
Hedges is said to be fine according to Buzz Carrick on 3rd Degree, so he should be ready to play tomorrow. This, however, seems like a good time to let Hedges rest for a bit and allow Nkosi Tafari some game action before Dallas' U.S Open Cup journey begins on Tuesday.
Nanu's status for tomorrow is more questionable. Like the situation with Hedges and Tafari though, it could be a good time to allow Nanu a chance to rest even if he is recovered. Twumasi should be starting in the U.S Open Cup match on Tuesday, so some minutes in this game should help Twumasi prepare to help lead the team to the next round of the tournament.
For the injury report on 3rd Degree, here is the link to the latest episode- (https://3rddegree.castos.com/episodes/3rd-degree-the-podcast-157)
*The whole episode is very informative, for just the injury news though, Matt Hedges' status at around the 27th minute, Nanu's status is around the 32nd minute mark.*
2-1 FC Dallas
Dallas has only traveled twice for MLS action, one was a 1-0 loss to New England Revolution and the other a 0-0 tie against the Chicago Fire. This game feels like a potential road victory for Dallas. Dallas takes an early lead in the first half, they score again in the second half and the clean sheet is ruined in the waning minutes of the match. The goalscorers for Dallas are Alan Velasco and Jesus Ferreira.