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Match preview: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

The Union head to Texas to face an FC Dallas team that has always given them trouble. Can 2016 be different?

Moises Hernandez dribbles past Sebastien Le Toux
Moises Hernandez dribbles past Sebastien Le Toux
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Game: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

Date: Sunday, March 6

Time: 3:00 PM EST (2:00 PM CST)

Venue: Toyota Stadium - Frisco, TX

Television: The Comcast Network (Philadelphia), KTXA (Dallas), MLS Direct Kick

Streaming: MLS Direct Kick, MLS Live (no blackout)

All-time record: The Union are 1-5-4 all time against Dallas. Their lone win came on penalties in the 2014 US Open Cup Semifinal. In MLS play, the Union are 0-4-4. Last year, the Union lost 2-0 to Dallas in a match that was postponed by snow.

What FC Dallas will look like: FC Dallas were within two goals from their second appearance in an MLS Cup Final. Not content with that, FCD went and made a few key moves during the offseason. Out went players like Dan Kennedy, Michel, Je-Vaughn Watson, David Texeira, and Blas Perez, and in came Maynor Figueroa, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Gruezo, and Mauro Rosales.

What the Union will look like: After an encouraging offseason on the transfer front, the Union were able to improve on the attack as well as on the defense. Newcomers Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius, and Ilsinho will most likely be sending service to CJ Sapong while Anderson Conceicao, Ken Tribbett, and Keegan Rosenberry will likely be holding it down on defense. Look for Brian Carroll to start in place of Maurice Edu, who is still recovering from surgery on a sports hernia. Also missing from the Union's lineup will be Tranquillo Barnetta (tendinitis), while Ray Gaddis should be back after suffering a minor knee injury in the preseason.

What to expect: FC Dallas is a team that may expect to contend for (if not win) the MLS Cup, and it won't be easy for the Union to beat them at their home opener. That being said, you never quite know how any team will work fresh out of preseason. Dallas may not have all of the bugs worked out, may not be fully ready for a full 90 minutes of MLS soccer, or may underestimate the Union. If the Union can grab a quick lead they may be able to eke out some points. Otherwise, it could be a long day for the Union in the Lone Star State.