Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: Dallas 8/11 – Draw 13/5 – Seattle 7/2
FC Dallas host Seattle Sounders in a huge Western Conference battle on Sunday night in the penultimate weekend of MLS action, with both sides fighting hard to finish as high up the conference as possible.
Dallas lost their grip of the Supporters’ Shield after Colorado’s win on Thursday night and so the home side need to win this to have any chance of winning the title on the final weekend.
The fact that FCD have only won one of their last four will concern head coach Oscar Pareja, but his side remain one of the league’s best at home and so the home fans will be confident of a win on Sunday evening.
A win for Dallas, coupled with Colorado losing or drawing in Portland would send the Texans back to the top of the standings ahead of their final regular season game in LA next week.
But the Sounders will be out to spoil any potential celebrations as they are still fighting to guarantee a playoff spot. They have turned their season around in incredible fashion, after winning seven of their last 11 games and enter the weekend in fourth place.
The worry for Seattle is that they are only four points above the red line and so a defeat here would leave them under pressure ahead of their final-day clash at home to RSL next Sunday.
The Sounders are unbeaten in six games heading into the contest and will want to keep that run going into the postseason, should they qualify.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Dallas won 2-0 at home back in May before Seattle stormed to a 5-0 home win in July, so there’s little to split the two sides heading into what should be a great game.
FC Dallas enter their final home game of the regular season without Zach Loyd, who is sidelined with concussion. Maynor Figueroa is the only other absentee as he will serve a one-game suspension here. Matt Hedges is one booking away from a suspension himself and needs to watch his step.
Seattle will be without their midfield star Osvaldo Alonso after he picked up a red card in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Houston. On top of that, Clint Dempsey remains out, while Andreas Ivanschitz and Dylan Remick are also sidelined. Alvaro Fernandez is listed as ‘questionable’.
FC Dallas’ last five: W/L/D/D/W
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/W/W/D
Key Stat: The away side has not won in this fixture in any of the last ten meetings between the two sides, including postseason clashes.
Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – The Sounders playmakers is sensational to watch when on form and Seattle need him to be close to his best if they are to leave Dallas with anything on Sunday. He has three goals and eight assists in 11 MLS games since joining in the summer.
FC Dallas 2-2 Seattle Sounders – This has the makings of being Sunday’s best game in MLS as both sides will be gunning for three points. Dallas are a real force at home and have only lost once this season but they are facing a Sounders side that is in great form and so it’s difficult to split the sides. Score draw.