Happy Fourth of July! It’s matchday!
D.C. United remain on the road after disappointment in Nashville where Randall Leal’s first half brace shut down the Black-and-Red at GEODIS Park. Now, D.C. United has a fresh chance at three points on the road as they meet FC Dallas for the first time since 2019.
Missing Christian Benteke due to yellow card accumulation, head coach Wayne Rooney will look to shift the roster to return to winning ways. Major adjustments will be needed up top to fill a Benteke sized hole in the XI – a tall task indeed.
FC Dallas bested LAFC in their last match on July 1, winning 2-0. Bernard Kamungo and Sam Junqua scored the goals to snap Dallas’ scoring drought and return the team to winning ways after four losses.
With Jesús Ferreira missing due to international duty and Paul Arriola among the absences due to injury, FC Dallas will face the Black-and-Red at a deficit.
Can D.C. United beat the heat and make some fireworks on the pitch? We look forward to finding out!
Key Player: Taxi Fountas
We’re anticipating Rooney leaning on Fountas to fill in for Christian Benteke up top. With Benteke missing due to yellow card accumulation, the Black-and-Red will need players to step up and be dangerous in the box – a task Fountas is well acquainted with.
Watch Out For: Maarten Paes
With a 76% save percentage, Paes is on the list of players for D.C. United to pay extra attention to as they look to strike quickly and get on the board.
Challenges: The Texas heat (forecasts have it at 95 for kickoff) and a missing Christian Benteke will have D.C. United digging deep as they face off against Dallas.
Previously: D.C. and Dallas haven’t met since 2019, when Dallas bested the Black-and-Red 2-0 at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas Availability:
Out: Paul Arriola (right thigh), Jesús Jiménez (ankle), Ema Twumasi (ankle), Geovane Jesus (thigh), Tarik Scott (season ending knee injury, Jesús Ferreira (international duty)
Questionable: José Martínez
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (leg), Ted Ku-DiPietro (ankle), Christian Benteke (yellow card accumulation)
Location: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Kickoff time: 8:30 pm ET
Referee: Mark Allatin
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV