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#FCDvMIN: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Match

August 9, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

FC Dallas (9-9-6, 33 points) hosts Minnesota United (11-7-5, 38 points) on Saturday, August 10 at 7 PM at Toyota Stadium in a match presented by Metro by T-Mobile. This is the second meeting between the clubs this season, with FC Dallas falling 1-0 in Minnesota in July. The match will be followed by North Texas SC vs. FC Tucson beginning at approximately 9:20 PM.

Details You Need to Know:

Gameday Social: #FCDvMIN

Streaming: 7PM on FCDallas.com/Live (available for free in Dallas/Fort Worth only)

TV: 7PM on FCDTV Network; 10PM (on delay) on Texas 21

Pregame coverage: 6:30PM on Texas 21 and FCDTV Network

Radio: 6:30PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and 1270 AM (Spanish)

Pregame Sound Bites Available HERE

Game Notes Available HERE

Matchday News to Know:

Scarfer - two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and U.S. Women's National Team legend Carli Lloyd will perform the ceremonial scarfing of the Lamar Hunt statue at 6:30PM on the north concourse.

Please note: there is currently no media availability scheduled with Lloyd on Saturday.

Halftime PK - Lloyd will also take a PK at halftime. If she makes it, FC Dallas will make a donation on her behalf to My Possibilities, a nonprofit that provides adults with Down Syndrome, Autism and other cognitive disabilities the chance to continue their education.

2019 Women's World Cup Trophy - the 2019 Women's World Cup trophy will be at Toyota Stadium this weekend on temporary display. It is available for media to shoot b-roll/still images from 4:30-6:30PM in the Hall of Fame Experience. Please contact Gina Miller at [email protected] for more information

Fundraising for El Paso - proceeds from Saturday's DASH Matchday Auction will go to assist families of the El Paso Fusion Soccer Club affected by the August 3 shooting in El Paso. Team-worn camo training tops, a 2019 MLS All-Star jersey signed by FC Dallas All-Stars Matt Hedges and Paxton Pomykal as well as Homegrown All-Stars Edwin Cerrillo, Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania will be awarded to the highest bidder.

Fans can text FCD to 66866 to download the DASH app and bid.

PARTY OFF THE PITCH: Back to School Edition - from 4-7PM, fans are invited to a free back-to-school fan fest located outside the southeast corner of Toyota Stadium (north of Main Street). There will be a bounce house, face painting, giveaways and more. No ticket required. Concessions are available for purchase.

Next Home Match: FC Dallas hosts the Houston Dynamo in the Texas Derby in a match presented by Heineken on Sunday, August 25 at 7 PM.

News You Need to Know

Reporters Remember: A Look at Matt Hedges's Legacy at FC Dallas (fcdallas.com)

Competitive, confident and borderline arrogant: Inside longtime pro Peter Luccin's role as mentor with FC Dallas (Dallas Morning News)

FC Dallas Embarks on Final 10-Game Stretch in Playoff Push (fcdallas.com)

FC Dallas homegrown Jesus Ferreira shows versatility in the midfield (ProSoccerUSA.com)

5 Things to Know About #FCDvMIN

Matt Hedges

Should he start on Saturday, defender Matt Hedges will tie Jason Kreis' all-time record for most MLS starts in FC Dallas history. The 29-year-old center back was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and has gone on to become a stalwart in FC Dallas' defense. Hedges, a three-time MLS All-Star, has played in 233 games (226 starts), scored 15 goals and helped Dallas win the Supporters' Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2016.

Playoff Push

With five home and five away matches remaining, FC Dallas has reached a pivotal point in its 2019 season. Residing in the seventh place in the West, just one place and two points above the playoff line, Dallas has 10 games to stake its claim and build momentum in the playoff race- beginning with its matchup against second-place Minnesota on Saturday.

Defense First

Having been shutout in three of its last four games, Dallas has relied heavily on its strong defense to earn points. FCD has the second-best defensive record in the Western Conference and the third best in MLS with just 28 goals conceded over 24 games. Center back partners Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler are also the two top players in the league for successful passes in their own half.

About Minnesota United

Sitting in second-place in the West, Minnesota United has a strong argument as the hottest team in MLS. The Loons are unbeaten in seven games - a run which included a 7-1 victory over FC Cincinnati. They also booked their place in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.

Against Minnesota United

FC Dallas has a 3-2-0 all-time record against Minnesota United. Although Dallas fell to the Loons in Minnesota 1-0 last month due to a stoppage-time goal from Mason Toye, Minnesota has never scored at Toyota Stadium. Dallas has earned two wins in two matches against MNUFC in Frisco, outscoring them four goals to zero over both games.


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