Sounders-FC Dallas Preview
The Seattle Sounders are off to the best start in their
four-year history, recently overcoming a packed schedule and the
loss of their starting goalkeeper.
The depth of their defense has helped in both situations.
Seattle looks to match a franchise record with its fifth
consecutive victory when it visits struggling FC Dallas on
The Sounders (6-1-1) will be playing their fourth game in 12
days, then they’ll return home for a Western Conference showdown
with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Fredy Montero assisted on Mauro Rosales’ goal in the 63rd minute
this past Saturday to give Seattle a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia
and its fourth straight win.
Seattle won a team-record five in a row Sept. 18-Oct. 15,
“Three games in a week is not an easy task, but we came out with
nine points which is something that we are very happy about,” coach
Sigi Schmid told the team’s official website. “I thought we had
chances to get more than one goal and we were a bit unlucky. One
day those floodgates will open up.”
The Sounders haven’t had to score much given how well their
defense has played. They’ve outscored opponents 6-1 during their
winning streak and they’ve posted five shutouts this season.
Schmid has used a rotation of seven defenders, allowing him to
keep the defense somewhat fresh during a tough stretch of games.
He’s started six different four-player combinations, and the
Sounders have allowed a league-low three goals.
“I really think we have seven starters,” Schmid said regarding
the depth of the defense. “It’s a team effort when you get a
shutout. It’s not just the defenders, it’s everyone together.”
The depth of the backline, however, will be tested after the
league suspended Leo Gonzalez on Tuesday for this match. The Costa
Rican defender stomped on the leg of Philadelphia’s Sheanon
Williams in the 88th minute shortly after entering the game as a
Bryan Meredith earned a shutout in his first MLS start Saturday
in place of the injured Michael Gspurning, who will miss at least
the next two games after aggravating a right hip injury in the
first half of a 2-0 win over Los Angeles last Wednesday.
“I thought Meredith did a great job in goal and dealt with the
things he needed to deal with,” Schmid said. “Our defense did a
good job of keeping things away from him.”
He’ll be in net again versus Dallas (3-4-3), which dropped to
0-2-2 in its last four with a 2-0 loss to Colorado on Sunday.
As if the recent struggles weren’t enough, Dallas went down two
men in the first half when Daniel Hernandez got his second yellow
card in the 34th minute before Blas Perez was given a red card for
what the referee deemed a reckless play in the 36th minute.
Each will serve a one-game suspension Wednesday for a Dallas
team that’s allowed 14 goals – tied with Los Angeles for most in
“We won’t be putting our best team on the field because of the
red cards and the injuries,” coach Schellas Hyndman told the team’s
official website. “But I know I have a lot of guys in the locker
room looking for an opportunity, and so they’ll be given that
Seattle is 1-0-2 all-time at Dallas, winning 1-0 in the most
recent meeting Aug. 20 when Montero assisted on Rosales’ goal in
the 16th minute.