So confession: I’m actually moving today, so I have about five free minutes to write this preview. So this is all going to be written stream-of-conscious, bear with me. The Fire hope to end the tired narrative that they cannot win on the road (two years and counting!) as they head to the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, they have to do that against an FC Dallas team that leads the MLS with 37 points in 21 matches. Tonight’s match will be for more than just the Brimstone Cup, but a chance for the Fire to get their season back on track as it heads into the final half.
One doesn’t take 37 points without some talent, and Dallas is a scary good, well-rounded team capable of blowing teams out or shuting them down. With a studly back line that towers over opponents, a midfield that can join the attackers in the final third to torment defenders and head coach’s Óscar Pareja deft ability to put his players in the best position to win, tonight’s match will likely be the Fire’s toughest test so far this season.
On the bright side, Dallas has shown a penchant to lay an egg this season (three of their losses have been by 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0) so perhaps the Fire will luck out there.