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#FCDvMIA: Five Facts You Need to Know

October 27, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Sixth-place FC Dallas (6-5-7, 25 points) hosts 10th-place Inter Miami CF (6-11-3, 21 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30PM CT in a match presented by Pepsi. It's the first and only meeting between the teams this season.

Details You Need to Know:

Gameday Social: #FCDvMIA

TV: 7:00PM on FOX Sports Southwest and the FCDTV Network

Streaming: 7:00PM CT on FCDallas.com/Stream, ESPN+ (outside of the DFW market)

Radio: 7PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and1270AM (Spanish),

Next Home Match: FC Dallas hosts Houston Dynamo on Oct. 31 at 2:30PM CT at Toyota Stadium in a match presented by Papa John's.

5 Things to Know about #FCDvMIA

Familiar Faces

Wednesday's match will see the return of two familiar faces to Toyota Stadium. Brek Shea and Victor Ulloa played a combined 242 regular season games for FC Dallas before seeking pastures new and eventually reuniting in Miami for its debut season. Ulloa, in particular, was among the first FC Dallas Academy graduates to establish themselves in the club's first team, paving the way for the litany of Homegrown players we now see in FCD's starting lineup week in and week out.

Defense First

FC Dallas' defensive record has greatly contributed to its success so far this season. The team has conceded 20 goals in 18 games, good for second-best in the Western Conference. After a blip in Nashville last week that saw Dallas concede three, FCD's backline returned to form against Real Salt Lake and earned its third shutout in its last six games. Plus, defensive stalwart Matt Hedges returned and played 20 minutes after missing the previous two outings with a muscle strain.

Jara vs. Higuaín

Wednesday's match could feature veteran Argentinian forwards on each team. Both Dallas' Franco Jara and Inter's Gonzalo Higuaín joined MLS in 2020 after prolific careers in foreign leagues. So far, Jara is FCD's leading scorer with five goals and his counterpart has registered one goal and an assist since joining Miami from Juventus in the summer. Higuaín was suspended for his team's last game but is eligible to return for Wednesday at Toyota Stadium.

Against Inter Miami

This week's matchup will be the first time FC Dallas faces off against Inter Miami CF in MLS play. The teams met earlier this year in Florida during preseason but Wednesday's game will be their first face-off with points on the line. Dallas has a 9-6-4 all-time record in first games against expansion sides and a 14-2-3 record against teams who are playing at Toyota Stadium for the first time.

About Inter Miami

Inter Miami had a tough start to life in MLS and registered just three wins over its first 15 games. Since then, however, the expansion side's form has improved markedly and has earned three wins in its last five. Last time out, Miami earned a 2-1 victory over in-state rivals Orlando City SC.


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