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Fire’s patience will be tested by Dallas FC

Logan Pause (left) is out four six weeks with broken ribs he suffered Fire's 3-1 victory against UniAug. 12.

Logan Pause (left) is out four to six weeks with broken ribs he suffered in the Fire's 3-1 victory against the Union on Aug. 12. | Graham Hughes~AP

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Updated: July 2, 2012 10:04AM



Fire coach Frank Klopas said he isn’t sure which FC Dallas team his club will see Wednesday at Toyota Park.

In film study, Klopas has seen Dallas push forward and on other occasions play more defensively. Dallas’ unique 4-5-1 formation allows that flexibility. It also can take away the Fire’s counterattack.

That will challenge the Fire to be a little more ­patient on offense.

“How they structure their team, they limit that [counterattack] a little bit,” Fire captain and midfielder Logan Pause said. “But I think we still know that we’re capable of being good with the ball with creating chances. Yes, we have got a lot of pace with [Dominic Oduro] and with [Patrick Nyarko], but that’s not the only way we’re able to break down teams. I think we move the ball well, and we’ll be looking for opportunities both on the counter and to break them down.”

The match doesn’t just provide the Fire (4-3-3) an opportunity to notch three points against a reeling squad. It also provides the chance to exorcise some demons. The Fire has yet to beat Dallas (3-6-4) at home, and Klopas admitted that was on his mind.

“[The winless streak] does matter,” Klopas said. “No one says it doesn’t matter. We want to win.

“It’s been awhile, so it’s going to be another good test for us and we’re just glad that we’re back home.”



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