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By the Numbers: Sounders even with FC Dallas

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Hopefully you all are enjoying this feature as much as I am. Not a ton of fascinating numbers this week, but still some added insight into the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 tie with FC Dallas.

1 -- Stefan Frei made his first MLS playoff appearance on Sunday, which is only remarkable because he's been playing in the league since 2009. Of course, all of those seasons prior to this one were in Toronto ...

2 -- We all know the Sounders have struggled on the road, but the fact that this was just the second time they had not lost in seven road playoffs games is pretty crazy. Their only other positive result was that 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake back in 2012.

3 -- Osvaldo Alonso now has three career playoff goals in 14 games. That might not sound like an exceptionally high number, but it takes on a difference context when you consider he has just six career goals in 172 MLS regular season matches. Alonso also has two playoff goals in his past four playoff games and has not scored in any of his past 72 regular-season appearances.

5 -- Tired of seeing Michel's goal celebration? That's probably because he's now scored five goals against the Sounders since joining FC Dallas last season. The good news? When he scores against the Sounders Dallas is 1-3-1.

7 -- The Sounders defense only allowed seven shots against FC Dallas. The Sounders have only allowed fewer shots on two occasions, and this was the fewest they had allowed since the Chicago Fire were held to six on June 7.

8 -- Going the other way, the Sounders were able to put eight of their 13 shots on frame. That's the most they've taken since taking nine against Real Salt Lake on Sept. 12.

25 -- Kenny Cooper played 25 minutes against FC Dallas, not a particularly high total but considering he had played just four minutes since starting on Sept. 20 it was notable.

62 -- For a second straight game, the Sounders posted a passing percentage in the low 60s. They completed 62 percent of their passes against FC Dallas, which is just slightly better than the 61 they completed against the LA Galaxy. Given everything else, this isn't entirely disturbing but it does explain why the match looked so disjointed.

81 -- One of the reasons their passing wasn't a bigger problem was the defensive play of Zach Scott and Chad Marshall, who combined to win 81 percent of their aerial duels as they were effectively able to limit Dallas' effectiveness on set pieces. Marshall was especially good, winning 7 of 8.

84 -- They set the team record awhile back, but it's still worth pointing out that the Sounders have now scored 84 goals in all competitions. That's easily the highest total since the LA Galaxy scored an absurd 93 goals in 1998 despite not qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup or CONCACAF Champions Cup.

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