How To Watch and Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. SJ Earthquakes - MLS - 02/24/2024

How to Follow the Clash of FC Dallas Against the San Jose Earthquakes
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With the start of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) season approaching, FC Dallas fans are eager to see what the future holds for their beloved club. The Texan team is about to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in their home opener at the Toyota Stadium, and expectations are high.

This matchup marks more than just the beginning of a new season; it's a moment for reflection on the changes and challenges FC Dallas has faced during the offseason. With the game looming, it's time to delve into the narratives shaping this clash and anticipate what lies ahead.

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One of the key stories surrounding this game is the shift in FC Dallas's tactical formation. Under the guidance of coach Nico Estévez, the team has embraced a new 3-4-3 formation during preseason, aiming for a more offensive style of play and increased goal production. This tactical change has been praised for unlocking the potential of players like Dante Sealy and Herbert Endeley, but the true test will come on Saturday when they face a determined San Jose Earthquakes.

Furthermore, the absences of key players due to injuries and visa issues pose a significant challenge for FC Dallas. Uncertainty over the availability of Jesús Ferreira and Alan Velasco, along with the wait for Petar Musa's arrival, may impact the team's performance early in the season. However, the solid form displayed during preseason suggests that FC Dallas is prepared to tackle these obstacles with determination and resilience.

The emotional storyline of this matchup is also evident in the figure of former FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez, who now leads the San Jose Earthquakes. After nearly a decade associated with the Texan club, Gonzalez returns to Toyota Stadium in a different role. His intimate knowledge of FC Dallas could give San Jose Earthquakes an edge, making this clash even more thrilling and unpredictable.

For fans unable to attend the stadium, there are several options to watch the game. The broadcast will be available on Apple TV through the MLS Season Pass, with English commentary by Eric Krakauer and Jalil Anibaba, as well as Spanish commentary by Raul Guzman and Carlos Ruiz. Those preferring radio can tune in to Talk Radio 1190AM or the FC Dallas app for English coverage, or the FC Dallas app for Spanish commentary.