It's been a busy part of the schedule for Orlando City SC.
The team hosted the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday where Atletico Madrid defeated the MLS All-Stars 3-0. And Tuesday, Orlando will play host to Atlanta United in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
But in between, the Lions (7-11-5, 26 points) will try to snap a three-match MLS winless streak when FC Dallas (9-8-6, 33 points) comes to town Saturday.
"Obviously really excited and looking forward to the game against Dallas. It'll be a big game for us and it'll be great to get back home and play in front of our supporters," said Orlando City coach James O'Connor, whose team is coming off a 4-1 loss to New England. "Hopefully, we can go and give a good, strong performance."
Dallas has never conceded a goal in four all-time meetings against Orlando (3-0-1), and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez is in top form with three shutouts in the past four games.
That includes a 0-0 draw against San Jose last weekend.
"Jesse has always had talent," Dallas coach Luchi González said after the scoreless draw. "I just continually see him mature and develop and train well to improve his distribution, to improve his reactions and saves, where he's giving up rebounds. I'm really happy with his progress, we need him to continue to contribute for us to get as far as we can this season."
This will be Dallas' first game against former teammate Tesho Akindele, who spent five seasons in Texas. Akindele is second on the Lions with seven goals, one behind Nani.
Both teams come into the match relatively healthy. Orlando City midfielder Cristian Higuita (hamstring) is the only player listed as out on the injury report. Lions defender Will Johnson (abductor) and Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios (sprained ankle) and forward Dominique Badji (calf contusion) are questionable. Badji has six goals this season, tied with Jesus Ferreira for the team lead.