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Running for goal
Running for goal
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Seattle Sounders FC (2-2-1)will be traveling into the lion’s den on Saturday when they travel to Frisco Texas to face FC Dallas (4-0-1) the hottest team in MLS. Game time is 5:30pm Seattle time (JOEtv channel 22)

FC Dallas is led by former Colorado Rapids Coach Oscar Pareja. Pareja is a former Columbia National team midfielder and MLS Soccer player who has FC Dallas playing good quality soccer that finds them first place in the Western Conference with 13 points.

Seattle Sounders FC are coming into the game with some momentum after earning an improbable 4-4 tie against I-5 rival Portland Timbers by scoring two goals in the last five minutes.

“Both teams found opportunities and it was an open game because of the fact, I think, that there were some defensive mistakes on both sides of the ball, their side and our side. That led to the openness as well,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid.

FC Dallas is coming off an impressive 4-1 win over cross state rival Houston. While three of Dallas four goals came against a ten man Houston squad FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja was still impressed with the result.

“ A very important result and the effort especially in the second half for the team was outstanding. I liked the fact that we saw a team that was more mature tonight who is matching up with other teams like Houston who have a lot of experience in big events,” said Pareja.

“We came out to their place and did very well so I liked a lot of things and they’re showing that they’re going in a good direction”

Stats: REFEREE: Juan Guzman. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th:

Alejandro Mariscal 
MLS Career: 38 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 12; pens: 9

SUSPENDED: none 


DISABLED LIST: SEA: Damion Lowe; Kevin Parsemain


INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (12 meetings): FC Dallas 2 wins, 12 goals … Sounders FC 6 wins, 20 goals … Ties 4
AT DALLAS (6 meetings): FC Dallas 1 win, 6 goals … Sounders FC 2 wins, 7 goals …

Ties 3
RETURN MATCHES: 5/7: Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. PT; 9/24: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 2 p.m.

PT LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/18: SEA 4, DAL 2 (Johnson 16, 62; Neagle 31; Martins 83 – Cooper 54; Michel 61)
8/3: SEA 3, DAL 0 (Martins 8; Johnson 22; Evans 94+)
10/19: DAL 2, SEA 0 (Hedges 65; Michel 87)

• FC Dallas won the final meeting between the teams a season ago, a 2-0 win on Sept. 19 at Toyota Stadium. It was their first victory against Sounders FC since May 25, 2011, when they won 1-0 in Seattle.

• Sounders FC have won their last three home meetings with FC Dallas. The lone FCD victory at CenturyLink Field came May 25, 2011, a 1-0 win.

Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. SEA: P6 W1 L4 D1 … Sigi Schmid vs. DAL: P37 W17 L9 D11