Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 20:30 ET (00:30 GMT)
Match Odds: Dallas 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 9/4
Dallas are the only side in Major League Soccer with a 100% record after winning their first three games but they come up against one of the strongest sides in MLS in the shape of the Seattle Sounders this week.
The Sounders have had two weeks to prepare for this game after last weekend’s bye but they will be desperate to try and put in a fine performance to help forget that 3-2 home defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes two weeks ago.
Both sides will be without their goalscoring stars as Clint Dempsey and Blas Perez are one of several players away on international duty this week. Dempsey and Perez both have three goals each after just three weeks of the new season and will be missed.Embed from Getty Images
Dallas have only conceded one goal so far and have scored six on their way to the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings at this early stage. This is the first time they have won their opening three games since 1998 and they will want to make that four against the Sounders.
Once problem is that recent history suggests Seattle will ruin the high spirits around Dallas. The Sounders were the first side to beat Dallas in the 2014 season, putting an end to their unbeaten start in the sixth game of last campaign.
They also eliminated Dallas from the playoffs on the away goals rule last season after a 1-1 draw at Toyota Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle won the first two meetings last season but Dallas sealed a 3-1 victory at Toyota Stadium back in September before the two playoff draws.
This should be a close game and whoever can cope without their key names better will likely be victorious.
FC Dallas will be without Coy Craft (shoulder), Stephen Keel (foot) and Dan Kennedy (back) for the game while Michael Barrios is a doubt. Blas Perez, Kyle Bekker, Moises Hernandez and Je-Vaugn Watson are all absent on international duty.
Seattle are still without midfield enforcer Osvaldo Alonso (groin), while Tyrone Mears is a doubt with a slight hamstring problem. Clint Dempsey is out injured but would have missed the game through international commitments anyway. Marco Pappa is away with Guatemala and will not feature.
FC Dallas’ form: W/W/W
Seattle Sounders’ form: W/L
Key Stat: FC Dallas have won 11 of their last 13 home games in MLS. They will hope to make this 12 from 14 on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The pacey winger has looked dangerous so far this season and will carry even more responsibility in the absence of Perez up top.
FC Dallas 2-1 Seattle Sounders – This will be an interesting one because of the absences of Perez and Dempsey but Dallas should still be too strong for a Seattle side that looked disappointing against the Quakes last time out. Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele will still cause problems for the Sounders defence and home support should see Dallas make it four wins from four.