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FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC: FC Dallas Finished the Season on a High

  • FC Dallas finished 5 points ahead of Minnesota United in the overall league table
  • Minnesota United have won just once in their last five matches
  • FC Dallas are on the exact opposite run, with just one loss in their last five games
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FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC Prediction

FC Dallas vs Minnesota United used to be a fixture where the home side won all their matches. Going into the 2022 season, the stats were clear that whichever side was playing at home in this clash came out victorious more often than not. In the first 12 meetings, only FC Dallas had managed to win away from home, and it was by a slender margin. Roland Lamah scored the match's only goal back in 2018 when they met at the TCF Bank Stadium.

However, all that changed this season as both matches in the regular season were won by the side playing away from home. Minnesota United got their first win at FC Dallas in MLS history when the two sides met in May.

Previous Meetings

Robin Lod and DJ Taylor scored early in either half to give the Loons a 2-0 lead, but Paul Arriola ensured that the away side did not relax and pulled one goal back for FC Dallas just before the hour mark. However, the goal could not spark a comeback, and they ended up losing for the first time at home to Minnesota United.

FC Dallas got their revenge by beating Minnesota United in the reverse fixture. The Texas side got help from Loons defender Michael Boxall as his goal opened the scoring in the 55th minute of the match.  Minnesota United did not recover from their own goal and found themselves 3-0 down within the next three minutes. Alan Velasco and Jesús Ferreira scored for Dallas, with Sebastian Lletget assisting both goals and sealing the win.

FC Dallas Were Consistent This Season From the Start to End

FC Dallas started the season in poor fashion as they lost three of their first five matches in the league. They lost to Vancouver Whitecaps twice and Minnesota United but managed to pull themselves together and get better.

They lost six games in the next 29 matches and drew 11 times. They regularly went on a consistent run and did not let the defeats affect them. Their home form was key to their run this season, as they lost just thrice at Toyota Stadium. The Texas side conceded the fourth least amount of goals at home and managed 34 points - the 5th highest in the league.

FC Dallas Finished the Season on a High

FC Dallas were on a roll at the end of the season, especially in the game at home. They finished unbeaten in the last seven matches, but only one of the five wins were convincing.

They edged out opponents in four of those games by a single goal, while the biggest win at home at the business end of the season came against San Jose Earthquakes. They did manage just 37% of the ball in the game but got six shots on target and scored from four of them.

Jesús Ferreira scored a brace in the first half, while Marco Farfan and Alan Velasco added one each in either half to seal the win. Jeremy Ebobisse scored a consolation for the away side after they went 4-0 down. FC Dallas managed wins over Sporting Kansas City, Los Angeles FC, Philadelphia Union, and LA Galaxy in the other six games on their unbeaten run. They were held at home by Austin FC in the Texas derby and then by Real Salt Lake.

FC Dallas's Attack Were on Form This Season

Jesús Ferreira and Paul Arriola have been excellent this season and have dominated the attack of the Texan side. The former broke the club record this season and got the most goals for the Texas club in the regular season.

Both forwards got into double digits for the season and even managed more than five assists each. The duo are the first American teammates to score 10+ goals each in a season since Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin managed it for Seattle Sounders in 2017.

Sebastian Lletget was also at his best this season and managed to get eight assists to his name. The midfielder managed to add three goals to his tally and was playing in the heart of the pitch in most games.

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Minnesota United FC Had a Tough Season and Edged Into Playoffs

Minnesota United finished 6th in the Western Conference after starting as one of the best sides in the league. They oscillated between being the best to one of the worst in the league and eventually qualified with a win on Decision Day.

May was the worst month for the Loons as they lost six of their eight matches but bounced back with eight wins and a loss in their next 11 matches. Inconsistency was almost up with them, but they escaped on the final day of the season with a win over Vancouver Whitecaps and booked their place in the knockout stage.

Minnesota United FC Just Sneak Through

Minnesota United were lucky to get into the playoffs this season as they managed to seal the play on Decision Day. They lost six of their last eight matches in the league but won against Vancouver Whitecaps to get into the knockout stage.

They were on a three-match winning run when things went south for the Loons. They went on that terrible winless run and crawled to the finish line. Minnesota United needed just one win from their final eight matches to seal their place in the playoffs, but they got it on the season's final day. The Loons will need to put the past behind them and concentrate on the game ahead.

Minnesota United FC Away Form is a Huge Concern

Minnesota United ended the regular season with four losses in a row away from home. The run saw them concede 10 goals while scoring just once. The streak started right after they won 2-1 at Nashville in mid-August. They were beaten 3-0 by Real Salt Lake, and that was followed by a 1-0 loss to Portland Timbers 10 days later.

Mender García scored for Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City to ensure they did not make it a hat-trick of games without a goal away from home. However, his goal was a mere consolation as they lost that match 4-1. The final away match of the regular season saw them facing San Jose Earthquakes, ending in a 2-0 defeat.

Overall, Minnesota United managed six wins and 10 losses in their 17 away matches in the regular season. They finished with 21 goals while conceding 31 times on the road.

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How to watch FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC

TeamsFC Dallas vs Minnesota United
LocationToyota Stadium
TimeTuesday, October 18 at 9.30 pm ET onwards
How to watchFS1, FOX Deportes, TSN4, TVA Sports

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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]

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