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Union vs. FC Dallas: Preview, projected lineups, and how to watch

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The Union will look to improve their scoring and traveling woes when they take on undefeated FC Dallas on Saturday night.

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The Union will look to bring their four-game winless streak to an end when they take on FC Dallas this evening. The Texas side are still undefeated through five matches, largely because they’ve allowed only three goals all season. Conversely, the Union have scored only thrice this season, so they’ll need something special if they’re to take any points back home.

Who’s gonna score?

The Union’s scoring record is perhaps more worrying than their winless streak at this point, as they have only found the net once in their last four outings. That goal, a confident header from Alejandro Bedoya, is still the side’s only goal against a full-strength team this season.

With Fafa Picault entering his third week back from suspension, and Borek Dočkal and David Accam settling in with their new club, the goals need to start coming at a much higher frequency. The young, already-injury-plagued back line is going to have their fair share of hiccups, but this high-powered attack needs to start delivering on their potential and keeping the Union in games.

Will Mbaizo play?

Cameroonian youth international Olivier Mbaizo signed with Bethlehem Steel earlier this year, but he signed a first-team contract this week after exclusively training with the Union for the past few months. The 20-year-old defender has certainly impressed the technical staff, and sporting director Earnie Stewart offered that “[Mbaizo] has the potential to immediately contribute at the MLS level.”

With Fabinho injured, 18-year-old Matt Real has lined up at left back for each of the last three games. While Real has impressed going forward, he’s had his struggles defensively, which is not totally unexpected out of a teenage defender making his top-flight debut. Mbaizo might find his way into the lineup, or at least the matchday squad, tomorrow if Jim Curtin wants another option at left back.

Projected lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Matthew Real; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Borek Dockal, David Accam; C.J. Sapong

How to watch

Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

When: April 21, 2018, 8 P.M. ET

TV: PHL17

Streaming: ESPN+, MLS Live on DAZN (Canada)