FC Dallas puts unbeaten mark on line versus San Jose
FC Dallas will look to avenge a last-second draw a month ago as the San Jose Earthquakes visit on Saturday night.
The Earthquakes scored in the final minute of stoppage time in the first meeting on April 14 to earn a 1-1 draw.
Dallas (5-0-4) remains the only MLS team yet to suffer a loss this season, but has taken a draw in three of its last five matches, including two straight at home.
San Jose is 4-4-4 after a 1-1 draw at home Wednesday against Orlando SC. The 'Quakes are 3-0-3 at home and 1-4-1 on the road.
Much like the draw against Dallas last month, San Jose came up with late heroics in Wednesday's match.
Carlos Rivas gave Orlando City SC the lead in the 80th minute, but the 'Quakes tied the score only three minutes later. One minute after entering the match as a substitute, midfielder Tommy Thompson provided the assist on forward Chris Wondolowski's fifth goal of the season in the 83rd minute. It marked Thompson's first career assist.
Wondolowski has now scored 126 career goals in MLS and is just 19 away from tying Landon Donovan's all-time league record (145).
"Scoring a goal never gets old," Wondolowski said. "I do really enjoy that. I wish it was a game-winner instead of just tying. It's good to get a point but we feel they were points dropped here just because we're at home."
One of the key matchups between FC Dallas and San Jose is Dallas' fast winger Michael Barrios against Kofi Sarkodie.
Barrios is coming off his most dynamic match of the season with five chances created and an assist on the lone goal in a 1-1 draw with New York City FC. Sarkodie was on the receiving end of Colorado's attacking focus last week, with Shkelzen Gashi scoring twice from the right wing, in the 'Quakes' 3-0 loss.
A few weeks ago, Barrios was on the bench, an unfamiliar place for a player who has started 54 league games in the last two years. Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said he wanted the explosive Colombian over the last 30 minutes of a match. Barrios has responded by improving his level of play in the two matches since.
"I think what I have improved on has depended on being benched," Barrios said. "The work I did during those days was focused on improving the physical part. I think it has been fundamental in me and what I have been able to contribution to the team."
Another matchup to watch is Dallas defender Maxi Urruti against Florian Jungwirth, the first-year defender for San Jose. Jungwirth is finding his way onto the offensive side of the ball with two goals and two assists by pressing up into the attack and finding Wondolowski in the box. Urruti's pressure will go a long way to keeping Jungwirth in check while also leading the way as Dallas' top scorer.
Updated May 19, 2017