BLACKBURN – It will be a special Saturday night at Pizza Hut Park for FC Dallas.
The club will honor the late Bobby Rhine in their first MLS home match since the popular former player passed away when it tries to extend the New York Red Bulls' winless streak to nine games.
A first-round pick by the Dallas Burn in 1999, Rhine spent more than a decade with the organization. As a player, he had the franchise's fourth-most assists with 34 and eighth-most goals with 23. Rhine later worked in the front office and was a broadcaster for the club before he died Sept. 5 at the age of 35.
"I had the pleasure of coaching him during his time as a player and Bobby always gave his all to FC Dallas," coach Schellas Hyndman told the team's official website. "He brought a daily smile and an unmatched passion and love for the club and his teammates."
FC Dallas (13-8-7) will have its players and staff wear black armbands bearing his initials and jersey number. A moment of silence will be held before the game and a video tribute to Rhine will be shown at halftime, with members of his family in attendance.
Dallas lost 2-0 at New England last Saturday in its first game since Rhine's death. It followed that with a 1-1 draw against Panamanian club Tauro on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League.
"It was just a group of errors we need to work on and hopefully improve on," defender Zach Loyd said.
Dallas top scorer Marvin Chavez is out with an ankle sprain. Midfielder Brek Shea should return after he rested Wednesday.
Chavez scored twice in a 2-2 draw at New York on July 23.
"It's a lot of pace, a counter-attack side, a very aggressive defending side, pressing all over the pitch to give you less time on the ball," said New York coach Hans Backe about Dallas.
The Red Bulls (6-6-15) are one point behind D.C. for the fourth and final wild-card playoff spot. New York is 0-3-5 since a 5-0 win over Toronto FC on July 6.
New York will be without Roy Miller (adductor strain) while fellow defender Tim Ream is questionable with a lower leg contusion. Jan Gunnar Solli is suspended after being sent off in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with expansion Vancouver.
"We're trying not to look at who is going to be missing or not," forward Thierry Henry said. "We have to go in and try to win some games. We didn't win a lot of games this year, we did not lose a lot but we but we did not lose a lot so we have to try to grab points."
Despite their winless run, the Red Bulls are confident they can spark a turnaround.
"I have a good feeling for this Saturday game," Backe said. "I think definitely if we play smart we can pick up points."