This is the face Union supporters have made for most of the season.

This is the face Union supporters have made for most of the season.

Match Preview: Union versus FC Dallas, Saturday August 5th, 7 PM

The Union hope to rebound from a 3-0 thrashing in New England against a tough FC Dallas side.

The beatdown came after the Union beat Columbus 3-0 at home earlier in the week.

The schedule will do the Union no favors going forward. They need to make the most of each match, no matter who they play. This weekend, they get a Dallas team who is fighting for first in the West, and while losing all three points to a team in the West doesn’t hurt as badly as handing three to a team in the East, it’s still an opportunity lost.

Speaking of opportunities, the difference between this year and last year is an opportunity creator. As American Soccer Analysis points out, Union never really replaced maestro Tranquillo Barnetta; a collection of players like Ilsinho, Alejandro Bedoya, and Roland Alberg have attempted to fill the number 10 role, but to little avail. The team would be wise to focus on this during the off-season.

I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t think the Union have a prayer against Dallas. Dallas has tons of pace in their squad and they are dangerous in attack. Their squad is sprinkled with US national team players, with Matt Hedges in the back and Kellyn Acosta in the midfield, just to name two. But I didn’t think they had a prayer to go into Kansas City and take a point from West-leading SKC, so I’ve been wrong before.

Dallas 2, Union 1