FC Dallas is enjoying the best start in team history, and a visit to Toronto could allow the Western Conference leader to keep rolling.
Dallas will try to push its point streak against Toronto FC to 11 on Saturday in the teams’ lone meeting of 2013.
With Blas Perez netting his first goal of the season, FC Dallas (4-1-0) won its third in a row last Saturday, 1-0 at New England. The club’s best start prior to this season came in 2006 when it was 3-0-2.
“Obviously it is a good start,” midfielder Andrew Jacobson told the club’s official website after Dallas ended an 0-3-2 road stretch. “You want to collect as many points as possible.”
FC Dallas, tied with Montreal with an MLS-high 12 points, is looking to win four in a row for the first time since 2009. The club has gone 6-0-4 versus Toronto since TFC won the first meeting 4-0 on June 17, 2007.
Toronto ended a three-game losing streak to Dallas with a 1-all draw July 4.
TFC (1-2-1) will try to earn at least a point for the third straight time at home after settling for a 2-all draw with Los Angeles last Saturday. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik was beaten by a Jose Villarreal bicycle kick in second-half stoppage time, 15 minutes after Toronto substitute Jonathan Osorio put the club up with his first MLS goal.
“Yes, we are all disappointed that we didn’t walk away with three points,” coach Ryan Nelsen told the club’s official website. “But we take the point and we move on.”
Another positive - aside from TFC getting its first goal of the season by someone other than Ryan Earnshaw, who scored his fourth in the 29th minute - was the play of midfielder Luis Silva. Sidelined the first three games with a hamstring injury, Silva set up Osorio’s goal.
“For the minutes I got, it was a positive and a step forward,” the second-year midfielder told MLS’ official website. “I’m hoping to get more minutes and to do better for the team.”
Toronto needs more production on offense, as it has the second-fewest shots on goal in the league with 12. Dallas leads with 31.
Dallas also tops the West with three shutouts after posting back-to-back clean sheets over Real Salt Lake and New England.
“Not just the backline, but the whole team is playing collectively great team defense,” defender George John said. “Obviously as defenders, we’re primarily responsible for stopping their forwards and attacking players, but when we get guys swarming the ball in the midfield, it helps the team out tremendously. It’s just a total team mentality of defensive play.”
Dallas has gone 2-0-2 in its last four at Toronto.
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