"So here is us, on the raggedy edge. Don't push me, and I won't push you. Dong le ma?"
Yesterday we took a look at the LA Galaxy absences they'll have to deal with on the upcoming double match week. With the men in white taking on FC Dallas tonight at the StubHub! Center, it's time to take a look at who their opponents had to leave behind. Dallas isn't sending anyone to preliminary World Cup camps, as previously mentioned, but they are dealing with a number of key injuries.
Out for FC Dallas:
Michel - Dallas sometimes midfielder sometimes left back and leading scorer with five goals, did not travel with the team to Los Angeles. He left their last match against Chivas with a right hamstring industry. This not only robs Dallas their top goal threat, but adds a hole defensively.
Kellyn Acosta - The youngster was a regular before his injury, though new to being so. Acosta had the right back position locked down, now occupied by Zach Loyd.
Mauro Diaz - Suffered a hard challenge in a match against DC United, and now an MRI and surgical repair later, Dallas is without their top midfielder for six to ten weeks. The Dallas midfield is also missing...
Hendry Thomas - A muscle tear against San Jose hurts not only Dallas but the Honduran national team.
With Michel Dallas went down a goal against Chivas USA, pulling out the draw with a 83rd minute goal after Michel had left the match. Castillo knocked in a Jair Benitez cross for his first goal in eight fixtures. Coincidentally the last time Castillo scored in MLS was against Chivas.
As much as LA has struggled, Dallas has had their own shortcomings to overcome. The match tonight will be much like the one against Houston this past weekend, not a meeting of juggernauts but of two sides struggling to find a way to stay in the hunt.