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FC Dallas v St. Louis City: Luccin wants Toros to bring passion in his first game in charge

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Jun 2024

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FC Dallas interim head coach Peter Luccin has urged his players to show their passion on the pitch when they welcome St. Louis City to the Toyota Stadium.

Dallas announced they had parted company with Nico Estevez on June 9 after a run of five matches without a win left them second from bottom in the Western Conference.

Peter Luccin was brought in as his interim replacement, with the Frenchman aiming to make a positive mark for his first game in charge.

“I think it’s very important to understand that not everything was bad in the past. I think that we build some foundation,” Luccin said.

“I can see the passion in their eyes. They see passion in my eyes, too. So, the passion for that game is a key factor, too. This is what I saw. This is what they see from me.

“To be honest, I will say that maybe it’s not the best team to start to play against in my first game, but I’m looking forward to playing against St. Louis because I know that is going to be very demanding.”

St. Louis City are just four points above Dallas in 11th after their own five-match winless run.

Head coach Bradley Carnell admitted it was not easy to plan for this game due to the unexpectedness a new opposing manager can create.

“It’s a new manager with new tactics, so we don’t know what to expect, but we’ve played some really good games against strong opponents and outshot those opponents,” said Carnell.

“We have a process, we have a style, but we need to match the intensity they’re going to come at us with. They have something to prove, but so do we.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

FC Dallas – Liam Fraser

After an MLS career that spanned three teams over six seasons, Fraser scored his first goal in his 77th regular-season appearance in Dallas’ draw with Minnesota on Saturday.

Only one player this season, Portland’s Eric Miller (186 games), scored their first career MLS goal after more regular-season games.

St. Louis City – Chris Durkin

St. Louis City won possession in the attacking third five times in their draw with Portland on Saturday, with Durkin responsible for two of those, the joint-most in the team.

St. Louis have now won possession in the attacking third 102 times this season, 11 more than any other MLS team.

MATCH PREDICTION: FC DALLAS WIN

Dallas and St. Louis have split the three meetings with each team winning once and drawing once. A total of five goals have been scored over the three games with all of them coming in the 80th minute or later.

Dallas have lost only two of their last 19 home matches in all competitions (W8 D9) dating back to the beginning of the Leagues Cup last July. Those two losses came against Canadian sides (Montreal, Vancouver Whitecaps) as the last U.S.-based team to win in Dallas was D.C. United last July.

St. Louis earned a league-high ninth draw of the season in a scoreless match against Portland on Saturday. They have only four defeats all season, with only seven teams losing fewer matches than City since the club joined MLS last season.

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

FC Dallas – 47.6%

Draw – 26.1%

St. Louis City – 26.3%

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