The boys in blue look to continue their hot streak in a tilt against Dallas at home on Saturday.
It was not so long ago that we were shoveling dirt onto the Union’s season, Jim Curtin, Ernst Tanner, and anyone else involved in the 2019 Union season. Back-to-back losses to Toronto FC at home and Sporting KC on the road had the Union off on the wrong foot and the faithful bemoaning another slow start (which would of course inevitably bury the team and have them playing catch up for the rest of the season, because That’s So Union.)
However, a precious road point against defending champions Atlanta stemmed the bleeding. Encouraged, the boys in blue came back home and drubbed Columbus 3-0. Then they went to Cincinnati and won 2-0 in a monsoon, leaving us where we stand now, on seven points and in fourth in the East. And it’s here, with a three match point streak and a two match win streak where the Union face their next foe: FC Dallas.
Dallas too stands in fourth place in the West. Also like the U, Dallas is coming in after winning their last two matches, against Colorado at home and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto. Midfielders Michael Barrios and Paxton Pomykal have each tallied twice for their squad, while Barrios and forward Jesus Ferreira each have two assists. American national Jesse Gonzalez backstops the squad with eight saves in thirteen shots faced, with one clean sheet so far this season. For the Union, the resurgent David Accam leads them with three goals.
Historically, the U haven’t had much success against Dallas, losing three times in their last four matches by a score of 2-0. They did win 3-1 at home in 2017 to break up those three losses. Having said that, this is a new Union team with a new formation and personnel, so as we’ve already learned once this year, take precendent with a grain of salt.
Do the Union defend their home turf against an annually-tough Dallas side? I think Dallas may be too much for them right now, although I’m hoping to be proven wrong.
Dallas 2 – Union 1