When the two sides met last season, the game ended in a 2-1 win for FC Dallas. Dallas will be looking for a repeat of the same result but will be without their goal-scoring talisman, Ricardo Pepi. The highly-rated star has moved to FC Augsburg and was the scorer of both goals for the Texas side last season in this fixture.
Jader Obrian will be the one to back from the FC Dallas side this time around after he scored in the season opener. Paul Arriola will be the one to keep an eye on after impressing against Toronto FC.
As for New England, Gustavo Bou was the one who found the back of the net in the last meeting, and he will be keen on getting on the scoresheet again. He is expected to lead the attack along with Adam Buksa – with both strikers looking for their first goals of the season.
Buksa is the most likely one to get on the scoresheet this time as Bruce Arena’s 4-1-3-2 formation suits him more than Bou.
The last time New England Revolution won against FC Dallas was back in 2011. The home side has been on a terrible run against the Texas side. Since that win, they have lost eight times and drawn once in this fixture.
The first game of the season did not go as planned for Arena’s side as they conceded two equalizers and had to share the points. They were away at Western Conference champions Portland Timbers at Providence Park and should have walked away with all three points. However, the manager will be proud of their performance overall.
Brandon Bye opened the scoring late in the first half before Dairon Asprilla pulled the Timbers level. Debutant Sebastian Lletget showed his qualities instantly and handed Revs the lead again, only for Yimmi Chará to level things up in the 78th minute.
Matt Turner, who will be leaving the Revs during the season for Arsenal, is a doubt for the upcoming game. Brad Knighton, the other goalkeeper, is also a doubt; thus, Earl Edwards Jr is expected to start in between the sticks again. Jozy Altidore made his Revs debut after joining on a free transfer from Toronto FC but is not expected to start.
FC Dallas also started their MLS campaign with a draw – at home to Toronto FC. The Texas side will be keen on their first win of the season and going in with full confidence as they have an excellent record against New England.
Paul Arriola, Marco Farfan, Nanu, Tsiki Ntsabeleng, and Maarten Paes all made their FC Dallas debuts last week, and Nico Estevez will be looking for more from them. The coach will be keeping an eye on Alan Velasco, with the new signing finally in training.
However, Nicky Hernandez will not be available once again as he is still recovering from his bilateral leg fasciotomy surgery. Dallas could also be without Jimmy Maurer, Franco Jara, and Szabolcs Schön as there is no update on their status.
After their poor 2021 season, the Toros know that they need to get into the playoffs this season. They are unbeaten under the management of Nico so far, but just one of the five games have been in the league, while the others were pre-season friendlies.
|NE Revolution vs FC Dallas Information|
|Teams||NE Revolution vs FC Dallas|
|Location||Gillete Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts|
|Time||Saturday, March 5 at 1.30pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, TV38 & MyRITV, TXA21|
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