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FC Dallas looks to end two-game skid against Minnesota United

Aug 12, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Roland Lamah (20) reacts after missing a shot against the Seattle Sounders FC during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

After it’s second straight defeat, FC Dallas is calling this match a must-win as the team prepares to play Minnesota United on Saturday.

Dallas fell to Seattle 2-1 on August 12, being the victim of two set-piece goals. Nicolas Lodeiro played a key part in both, assisting and scoring in the match. It was a tough result for Dallas, who have struggled at Seattle in recent times.

“We reviewed the video about Seattle and we were actually pleased with our performance to some degree,” midfielder Victor Ulloa said. “I think the options they created were few and we definitely have to be better at the set pieces. We cannot allow two set-piece goals, especially in places like Seattle, where we know it’s a tough place to play in. We take that experience and learn. We learn for pushing to the playoffs and hopefully, that will make us grow.”

Rightback Reggie Cannon reiterated the idea that the team played well against Seattle even in defeat.

“Oscar told us after the game [that] we played well,” Cannon said. “We fought, we battled, he saw the heart of FC Dallas, and what the club is really about, not giving an inch. Unfortunately, we made two mistakes on set pieces and those cost us but Oscar told us that he’s very proud of our performance. We played well and if we keep that same energy and same heart and desire we’ll get the three points on Saturday.”

A positive from the match Cannon’s play, going 89 minutes after a hamstring injury scare in Dallas’ 3-1 loss against San Jose on August 4. Cannon’s play during the match looked fine and was only sacrificed when FCD was chasing a goal late.

“It’s good to get out there on the field for almost 90 minutes,” Cannon said. “I was feeling my hamstring last week but now I’m fighting through the pain. It’s getting better. I’m getting treatment and I feel like I can definitely finish out the rest of the season.”

Dallas has shifted its focus to Minnesota United, a team it defeated on June 29 in a 1-0 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. The Loons are coming off a 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend and are attempting to rise up the Western Conference table, sitting in ninth place. The Minnesota offense is led by the dangerous Darwin Quintero, who has 10 goals and nine assists in his 19 matches. However, Quintero has been sidelined with a calf injury and not in practice on Friday.

 

“He’s a good player,” Oscar Pareja said. “We need to control him. He’s one of the reference of the team that we are going to play against. We would like to have our model going first and be the protagonist of the game. In this case, you need to have reference of the good player especially, so he will be one.”

Minnesota’s form as of late includes a 5-1 win over Los Angeles FC and back-to-back losses, an Alphonso Davies masterclass in its 4-2 loss against Vancouver and a 2-1 collapse against Seattle. Especially in a road match, where the pressure is more on the home team to get a result, the affair against Minnesota will require Dallas to be ready for the challenge.

“They’re a weird team,” Cannon said. “In one game they can be beating the best team in the league and in the other, they can be losing to the worst team in the league. It’s MLS so you always have to be at the top of your game with teams like this. With teams like that, they have nothing to lose so they come, they pressure you. They don’t care. They throw everything at you, you gotta be ready for that. I think the team is going to respond well to that and I think we’ll be ready.”

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