Saturday's game is a match up of two teams in good form. TFC was on a 8 game unbeaten streak until losing to Phildepphia last week. FCD has a six game unbeaten streak of their own. Both teams have added players since the window opened. FCD adding Milton Rodriguez with TFC bringing on board Mista and Maicon Santos.
Dax McCarty appears to be out with an injury so Bruno Guarda will probably start in his place. Guarda isn't as polished a passer as McCarty but does have a knack for scoring. One way Guarda does shine is limiting turnovers, perhaps because he doesn't try to do as much. Outside of that one change don't expect any variations by FCD from last week.
QUESTIONABLE: MF Dax McCarty (R quad strain)
So will new TFC signing Mista get into the lineup? That seems to be the biggest question. Nick LaBrocca on the right is an underrated but solid player who fits well in a Preki team. De Rosario leads TFC in scoring with 8 goals and 3 assists.
OUT: DF Emmanuel Gomez (R knee osteochondral injury); DF Ty Harden (L calf strain);
QUESTIONABLE: MF Martin Saric (R quad strain); MF Dan Gargan (R adductor tightness)
Atiba Harris vs Nick Garcia. Garcia isn't a spring chicken anymore and he wasn't even close to fast when he was in his prime. Harris on the right should find space down the line giving snf behind Garcia giving him trouble. Rodriguez is a pure box goal scorer but either David Ferreria or Bruno Guarda will need to penetrate on occasion to take advantage of Harris' likely advantage on the right. If Adrian Cann has to help Garcia out, that should also open space for Rodriguez.
SAR (bench): Sean Hurd; JAR (opposite): Adam Wienckowski;
4th: Steven DePiero
Toronto FC (6-5-4, 22 points, 3rd place Eastern Conference) vs. FC Dallas (6-2-7, 25 points, 3rd place Western Conference)
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Toronto FC 1 win, 9 goals … FC Dallas 3 wins, 10 goals … Ties 2
AT TORONTO (3 meetings): Toronto FC 1 win, 5 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 1
RETURN MATCH: 9/4: Toronto FC at FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS)
4/11: TOR 1, DAL 1 (De Rosario 17 – Ricchetti 87)
4/19: DAL 3, TOR 2 (Moor 25; Cooper 43, 84 – Serioux 45; Barrett 59)
Toronto FC defeated FC Dallas in the first meeting between the teams – and have not won since. FCD has won three of the intervening contests, with two draws.
Toronto FC have never won at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas has won two of the three meetings in Frisco, with a draw coming in 2008.
Coaches record: Preki vs. DAL: P7 W3 L2 D2 …
Schellas Hyndman vs. TOR: P4 W2 L0 D2