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FC Dallas hope for boost against Inter Miami

Field Level Media
28 Oct 2020, 10:40 GMT+10

FC Dallas will look to get back on a winning track for a final regular-season push when they host expansion team Inter Miami on Wednesday in a key match in Frisco, Texas.

This will be the first all-time meeting between FC Dallas and Inter Miami.

FC Dallas (6-5-7, 25 points) are well above the playoff line in the Western Conference, resting in sixth place with four matches left to play. Dallas heads home after a disappointing two-game road trip in which it was held without a goal in a 3-0 loss at Nashville and a scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake. FCD has scored just once in their past four matches.

Dallas hopes that playing on its home pitch will give it the boost it lacked in recent matches. The team's manager, Luchi Gonzalez, lauded his players for their grinding effort in splitting the points against RSL in a match that saw FC Dallas in a defensive posture throughout.

"It's an important point that I'm sure will make a difference at the end," Gonzalez said after Saturday's draw, "but we've got to move on quickly. We can't be high or low. We just need to be steady and look forward to the opportunity we have now to play home again."

FC Dallas have won just once in their past seven matches (1-3-3).

Inter Miami (6-11-3, 21 points) moved above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference following a dramatic 2-1 home win over Orlando City on Saturday.

A late set-piece goal by defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez proved to be the difference in the dustup between the Florida rivals, allowing Miami to jump into 10th place in the East with three contests remaining in the regular season.

"We still haven't sealed anything," Gonzalez Pirez said. "We have to go match by match, and we have to prepare for the coming match in the best way possible. We need the maximum number of points possible. ...

"(The win over Orlando City was) a good boost to our spirits -- it gives us confidence for what's left of the season. We have to go to Dallas and push to bring home three points or whatever will help us move up."

Inter Miami are 3-1-1 in their past five outings.

--Field Level Media

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