It's been awhile hasn't it? Well it's almost gameday once again and we talked to the FC Dallas SB Nation blog get some information on FC Dallas and their season so far.
1) In one year FC Dallas has gone from a team that misses the playoffs to the Western Conference leaders. What's been the biggest reason why?
The differences are the number of injuries FCD suffered last year and the improved quality of the squad's depth chart this year.
Many of the key starting eleven players missed significant playing time last season to injury. The revenue generated from the sale of Brek Shea was put to immediate use this off season acquiring veteran depth at forward in bringing back Kenny Cooper and signing Eric Hassli. Michel and Raul Fernandez have also been vital additions that have greatly improved results in 2013.
2) Sporting KC is sending about 600 supporters for this match, what's the attendance for Dallas fans looking like? In a sense, how great will the atmosphere be?
Attendance at FC Dallas Stadium continues to climb year over year. I think we are averaging around 16,000 right now for this season, which would be close to 75% capacity. The beer garden folks and supporters groups are well aware of the KC traveling support. Expect them to put up a goo fight to ensure they aren't out sung at home.
3) If FC Dallas has one weakness that can be exposed by Sporting, what will it be?
The midfield would be the easiest weakness to exploit. If Sporting is able to significantly disrupt the midfield engine, then it becomes very hard for the Dallas forwards to be effective in the run of play. Our offensive creativity stems from the midfield. Set pieces are always dangerous however. Michel already has one olympico this season, and it was no accident.