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Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Gamethread

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FC Dallas enters Qwest Field and the Emerald City trying to continue its hot streak of 11 points in their last five games. Seattle Sounders FC continue to "figure it out on the field" from all the role, formation and personnel changes. The Toros of North Texas are 5-3-3 for 18 points and second in the Western Conference, while the Rave Green are 4-3-5 with 17 points in a jumble tied at third with their Saturday opponent (Real Salt Lake) and Cascadia rival Portland Timbers FC.

Both Sigi Schmid and Schellas Hyndman cut their coaching teeth in the college ranks, and developed their systems there. The 2011 MLS season offers each challenges to their long histories, with both losing MVP caliber players. Each side rests on the strength of their defenses, quality goalkeepers and offenses that are learning cohesion. South American players power both offenses; Alvaro Fernandez, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero for Seattle and Fabian Castillo and Marvin Chavez for Dallas.

The game is on KONG 6/16/106 and KIRO 97.3 FM at 7PM
Tickets are still available, some even below season ticket face value

Match Day Prep: Three Questions | New Tactics In Store? | Scouting Report | Reference Card

Opposing Looks at Big D Soccer

Tactical Keys

  • Defend the counter
  • Find Brek Shea on set-plays
  • Find unique spaces in the box
  • Bigger defenders tend to be slower laterally, exploit it

Player Matchups

  • Brek Shea v James Riley
  • Mauro Rosales v Daniel Hernandez
  • Osvaldo Alonso v the Counter

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Toros Two (3) Chavez (3) Hartman (67%) Hartman (0.91)
Sounders Evans (4) Two (3) Keller (74%) Keller (0.92)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Toros Shea (0.72) Castillo (3.27) 2.91 0.82
Sounders Evans (1.24) Evans (3.59) 2.83 0.50
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
Toros 51.3 70.2 71.6 46.0
Sounders 51.4 71.7 73.6 50.4

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