The chaos of injuries continues to plague FC Dallas and the lineup reflects the current state of the team. Officially for Dallas Ugo Ihemelu is still out with a concussion, although he has started jogging, and George John is questionable with a hamstring strain. Zack Loyd will continue to start in Ihemelu's spot.
John was participating in training this week but was pulled out yesterday. At this point John is a game time decision but I don't expect him to play. In his place should be Jackson, FCD's would be outside back. Jackson's knee scare of last week turned out to just be a contusion so the Brazilian is good to go.
In midfield Daniel Hernandez missed some work earlier in the week but is fine at this point to play. Dax McCarty has been back in training but will start this one on the bench, so Eric Alexander stays in the lineup.
Up top it's a game time decision between Jeff Cunningham and Milton Rodriguez. Ruben Luna has great potential and could factor as a starter sooner rather than later, but not for this one. Rodriguez, doing more without the ball, got the bulk of the first team time late in the week so I'll predict he gets the nod today.
New York does have some injuries, here's their official list. OUT: MF Giorgi Chirgadze (hip surgery); MF Luke Sassano (R ankle surgery); MF Brian Nielsen (R knee strain); DF Jeremy Hall (R quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Rafael Marquez (L ankle sprain). The PR for both clubs wants us to believe Marquez will play and he did travel to Dallas.
The Red Bulls also added Medhi Ballouchy and Carey Talley this week, although I would be a bit surprised if either were to start on such a short transfer time frame.
Here's some other info...
FC Dallas (10-2-11, 41 points, third place Western Conference)
New York Red Bulls (12-8-4, 40 points, second place Eastern Conference)
New York lead 17-16-2;
Red Bulls won 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on April 17;
FCD have a 3-1-1 record against New York at Pizza Hut Park
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FC Dallas have shut out five of their last six opponents at home. The lone team to score on them since their only home loss of the year to LA back on May 20 was the expansion Philadelphia Union, who lost 3-1 on Aug. 8.
FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games with the scoreless draw in San Jose. It’s the second longest single-season unbeaten streak in MLS history (along with San Jose in 2005 and D.C. United in 2006); the Columbus Crew went undefeated over the final 18 games of the 2004 season on their way to the MLS record of 19 games without a loss.
FC Dallas has also not allowed a goal in four-plus games, their current 370-minute shutout streak 11 minutes shy of the club record set in 2004.
The Red Bulls won their eighth home game of the season, one fewer than league leaders LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
Official MLS Stats: 37 games, 3.7 Y/g, 7 R
My Stats Including Playoffs: 38 games, 3.7 Y/g, 7 R
MLS 2010: 10 games, 3.1 Y/g, 1 R
Assistant Referees: Bill DITTMAR and Frank ANDERSON
Fourth Official: Chris PENSO
WARNINGS (suspended next yellow card): NY: Mike Petke, Seth Stammler