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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - FC Dallas

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - FC Dallas

Real Salt Lake will be confident of extending its undefeated streak against an FC Dallas club winless in its last six matches.

FC Dallas visits Real Salt Lake looking to pin the first defeat of the season on its host, end a six-match winless streak and gain a bit of ground on second place in the Western Conference, a spot currently occupied by Saturday's opponent (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live).

It won't be easy for the visitors, who are coming off a 2-1 midweek defeat to the LA Galaxy and haven't been able to find the win column since April 19 when they defeated Toronto FC. Their hosts are yet to lose this season and have won their last three, despite the departure of Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando to the United States' World Cup camp and Alvaro Saborio to the Costa Rican team.

Joao Plata has stepped up in the absence of the internationals, scoring four goals in his last four matches. FC Dallas has no international absences but has lost Mauro Diaz and Hendry Thomas to long-term injuries, and Michel could be watching from home with a hamstring problem after skipping the trip to LA.

While Dallas has allowed the same number of goals it has scored — 22 — Real Salt Lake has been much tidier in defense, allowing just 13 goals, although in two fewer matches played. The hosts currently maintain the league's best points per game mark and have a game in hand on the first-place Seattle Sounders, who they trail by two points.

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