Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, June 13 – 22:00 ET (Sunday, June 14 – 02:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – FC Dallas 3/1
Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field looking to get back to winning ways following their defeat last week to Sporting Kansas City. While Dallas are without a win in four and also need to try and find three points on Saturday night.
The Sounders are at the top of the Western Conference and that’s no surprise given their squad strength. They have already picked up an impressive eight wins this season and look in good shape to retain their MLS Supporters’ Shield come the end of the regular season.
Seattle have two games in hand over second placed Vancouver Whitecaps with both tied on 26 points after 14 weeks.
Plus, they have only lost once at home this season and that was their home opener against San Jose Earthquakes when they lost 3-2.
Only once have Seattle Sounders not scored at home and that was in the 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City so they will be the more confident of the two sides heading into Saturday’s clash.
FC Dallas face their fourth straight away game in Seattle, having failed to pick up a win in their last three road trips.
In those three away games they have scored just the one and conceded six goals.
Blas Perez has been away on international duty with Panama, depleting them of the goals that he gifted them earlier this season, while Fabian Castillo has also been missing as a result of an injury and that has seen the Texan side’s form dip.
A win for FC Dallas would put them right back on track for a top place finish in the Western and so it’s a huge game for both sides.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture this season saw FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders play out a 0-0 draw at Toyota Park on March 29.
Seattle Sounders have two injury worries with Chad Barrett out with hamstring troubles and Obafemi Martins had nose surgery but could play in a mask. Marco Pappa is still away on international duty with Guatemala. Clint Dempsey is expected to return to the starting lineup.
FC Dallas have plenty of players away on international duty with Tesho Akindele, Kellyn Acosta, Je-Vaughn Watson, Atiba Harris and Moises Hernandez all out. Fabian Castillo could return to the starting lineup after returning from injury last week.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/D/W/W/L
FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/L/L/D
Key Stat: The last three matches between these two have ended in a draw.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Dan Kennedy – The FC Dallas goalkeeper could have a busy day ahead of him with plenty of Seattle players returning back from international duty that could be laying assault on the FC Dallas goal, so he will need to be at his best.
Seattle Sounders 0-0 FC Dallas – Both teams have players returning from international duty. Seattle Sounders could be light up front with injuries to Barrett and Martins potentially leaving them weak. FC Dallas could sneak it but without so many players, it looks likely that both teams will struggle to edge what should be a tight contest.