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Sounders riding a club record 10-game MLS unbeaten run

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The dire days seems so far away, now.

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There's still at least 90 minutes left to be played in the Seattle Sounders' Western Conference semifinal with FC Dallas. But winning the first leg is an obvious step in the right direction -- and half the teams that do this by one goal go on to advance. But if you dig a little, there are a lot of other numbers that should give you confidence.

0: Prior to Sunday's game, the Sounders had never played a postseason match without at least one of Brad Evans or Osvaldo Alonso. Both players missed the FC Dallas game because of injury and are questionable for the second leg.

1: Crazy as it may sound, Sunday's 2-1 win over FC Dallas was the first time the Sounders had won the first leg of a MLS Cup playoff series. Their previous best results were a pair of 0-0 ties against the Houston Dynamo (2009) and Real Salt Lake (2012).

3: Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner against FC Dallas, the third straight playoff game in which he's scored a goal. Dempsey previously scored a goal against the Galaxy in the Knockout Round and scored what was then the go-ahead goal in last year's Western Conference finals.

5: Five different players have scored for the Sounders over their past three games. Three of them were acquired during the summer transfer window.

8: The Sounders have scored eight goals in their past three games, which came over the span of eight days. That's the most goals the Sounders have scored in any three-game set this year. It's also just the second time the Sounders have won three in a row this year.

11: Don't look now, but the Sounders are on an 11-game unbeaten run across all competitions. They ended the MLS regular-season on a 4-0-4 run, during which they also won a CONCACAF Champions League match. Add in their two playoff wins and they are 7-0-4 with a +12 goal-difference since losing at Olimpia on Aug. 26. That's the second longest all-competition unbeaten run, but the 10 unbeaten matches in MLS competition is the most in club history.

13: Dallas went 13-2-2 at Toyota Stadium this year, the best home record in MLS. The Sounders are 3-2-5 all-time on the road against FC Dallas, including last year's 1-1 draw in the conference semifinals.

24.5: FC Dallas' starters had an average age of 24.5. Oniel Fisher was the only Sounders starter younger than that, and the team's average age among starters was 29.6.

39,599: Another match, another record. This time the Sounders broke their own record for highest attendance in a conference semifinal, besting last year's home match against FC Dallas by about 1,000.