Can the Sounders get a win on the road, setting themselves up well for their home match a week later? Let’s take a look at the data and see what we can uncover.
First, want a refresher on how the Sounders fared against Dallas this season? Recap the previous three matches here.
Before their 2-0 loss to Portland to end the season, FC Dallas had last lost at home on May 31 (a 2-1 loss to San Jose).
While the Sounders take fewer shots on the road, Seattle’s goal conversion rate is higher (15% away vs. 13% overall). Dallas also has a worse defensive goal conversion rate at home (9% overall vs. 10% at home).
Dallas averages just 400 passes in home matches, compared to Seattle's 453 on the road. They not only attempt fewer passes, they also connect a smaller percentage: 79% of all passes, compared to 81% for Seattle.
The Sounders scored 34 goals on the road in the regular season, while Dallas scored just 23 at home. But Dallas has only given up 15 regular season goals at home.
We know Dallas can be be a tough match-up. What are your predictions for the game?
(NOTE: All stats, aside from Dallas’ record, are regular-season stats)