Austin FC looks for their first victory over FC Dallas when hosting Lone Star Funds rivals in Texas Derby's latest rendition at a major Western conference match on Saturday.
Austin FC is two points above their northern Texas neighbors in the west position after each team wins the season opener Copatehas against Houston. That is, Saturday's winner will take over the top spot in the race and win a fan-created trophy awarded to the Texas Club, which has scored the most points in any match in the state.
Austin (8-4-3, 27 points) heads home after winning 1-0 in Montreal last Saturday. ..
Dani Pereira was sent off without a goal in the match against Montreal in the 44th minute. However, Austin scored a 67-minute goal from Maxi Ulti, leading visitors to victory and finishing third at the conference.
Saturday's match is the only MLS home game to be played in Austin for seven weeks.
"I came home after an emotional victory on the street, but more importantly, at a meeting, which is a very good team, against direct rivals and direct opponents. That's what we do, "said Austin coach Josh. Wolf said. "We need to put a lot into this. The next five or six games are important, but this next game is the most important one and we will grab all our focus."
FC Dallas (7-4-4, 25 points) will move south after losing 2-0 to Vancouver at home on Saturday. Dallas beat Vancouver 16-4, overtaking visitors by 66-34%, but achieved the goal with only one shot.
After losing only once in the first 11 games (6-1-4), FC Dallas lost three times in the last four outings.
After returning to Vancouver, Dallas midfielder Paul Arriola said, "I think there are many things we can do well." "Overall, it's a huge loss and we'll learn from this experience and hopefully it will be available in the future."
FC Dallas was the first in Austin last year. In the campaign, he won all three meetings with Austin. The three-game sweep was the first time FC Dallas has played against the team in a single season since 2016.
Dallas has won two of the last three road matches. This includes a recent 3-1 victory in Orlando. Road game in late May. Dallas hasn't won the MLS Road Game in a row since May 2018.
Jesus Ferreira scored four goals in three contests with Austin FC in 2021 and counted at least once in each match. Since 2013-14, FC Dallas players have not scored four games in a row against one opponent.
– Field-level media