If Seattle Sounders FC continue to dominate FC Dallas as they have in MLS play the first leg will go quite well. Tonight's wet and loud match will pick up after a 2015 series that was all Sounders (1-0-1 +3), and an MLS record that is also all Seattle (9-3-5 +11). Away goals are in play, so keeping FCD off the board will help quite a bit. Their top three scorers are all from the midfield (Castillo, Diaz, Barrios). Sigi will need his fullbacks to control that wide play. Castillo, Diaz and Barrios have combined for zero goals and zero assists in their careers against the Sounders.
FCD may have set-piece wonder Michel on the pitch which will limit Seattle's ability to foul tactically.
The Sounders offense is as good as ever. After pounding LA for three-point-five goals on Wednesday, without Martins netting one, the hydra is back. If Dallas can stop Dempsey (3 goals and an assist in last 2 played) and Martins (15/6 on season) there's still Haedo Valdez, Ivanschitz, Pappa, Barrett and Neagle. Against their last 10 MLS opponents Seattle netted 20 goals (includes an MLS Cup Playoff win and a CCL pasting of Vancouver).
Tune in at 6:30 PM today on Fox Sports 1.
Referee: Kevin Stott
AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Philippe Briere; 4th: Drew Fischer
Suspended next yellow card: Frei
International Absence: None
Simple Injury Report
Disabled List: SSFC: Correa, Craven, Torres | FCD: None
FCD OUT: Escobar
Questionable: Soumare, Acosta
Sounders OUT: None
Questionable: Alonso, Evans, Gonzalez
Keys to Game:
- Track Castillo's movement
- Force them centrally
- Make their CBs to track laterally
- Dempsey-Martins Corporation
How to Watch
Match date/time: 6:30 PM Sunday, 1 November 2015
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
National TV: FS1 (Strong, Lalas,Stewart-Binks)
Radio: KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (Fletcher, Keller)
Online: Fox Sports 2 Go
Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
How I'm watching
Kit: This is our Sound hoodie
Scarf: Nos Audietis ascot
Where: Sec 214
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