2017.08.11 Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape: Shkëlzen Gashi expected to line up with midfielder Michael Barrios

Both FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids will be aiming to end a winless streak when they meet in Frisco on Saturday, and both will rely heavily on their creative players.

For the Rapids, the return last weekend of Albania international Shkëlzen Gashi was met with relief. The Designated Player had missed the previous seven league games, and his presence over the next 13 games will be crucial.

Dallas have a small player who has made a big impact this term in Colombian midfielder Michael Barrios. He is in his third season in MLS. In the previous two seasons, the five-foot two-inch winger managed a total of four assists. He has 10 assists in 2017 already.






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Shkëlzen Gashi

Name

Michael Barrios

11

No.

21

Forward/Midfielder

Position

Midfielder

29

Age

26

6'0"

Height

5'2"

165lbs

Weight

143lbs

Nationality

2016

First joined MLS

2015

2nd season

MLS Experience

3rd season

36

Appearances

79

FC Zürich, FC Schaffhausen, AC Bellinzona, Neuchâtel Xamax, Grasshopper Club Zürich, FC Basel

Previous clubs

Uniautónoma

He has a dangerous left foot that allows him to locate shots from distance, and to set up teammates. He can put opposing defenders on their heels thanks to his technical ability.

What they say …

Small in stature but lightning-quick and dangerously shifty on the ball. An out-and-out winger, Barrios has partnered Roland Lamah to get in behind opposition backlines and create danger.

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