FULL TIME: Sounders fall for their second straight on the road, 2-1 to FC Dallas. All three goals came off of Seattle with Xaiver Arreaga and Brad Smith “scoring” first half own goals. The second half saw a lot chances for Seattle but only one crossing the line.
FC DALLAS 2, SOUNDERS FC 1: GAME ON. Sounders coming back just like in Kansas City by getting a turnover in the attacking half. Ruidiaz smashes a shot from outside the 18 with a deflection to beat the keeper. 64 minutes in, this game is not over. Also... Bruin Backheel! Drink!
Raúl Ruidíaz finds the back of the net for #SoundersMatchday! #DALvSEA pic.twitter.com/ng3DfCLP6M— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 2, 2019
FC DALLAS 2, SOUNDERS FC 0: Own goal number two... free kick that Dallas just plays down the wing and a great ball across the face of goal goes off a sliding Brad Smith and into the net.
FC DALLAS 1, SOUNDERS FC 0: Michael Barrios beat two coming down the left hand side and smashed a great cross to the far post. Header by Ryan Hollingshead went back towards the middle and unfortunately a reflex header from Xaiver Arreaga to clear the ball and beats Stefan Frei. Arreage opens his Sounders account with an own goal.
Great flick header goal by Arreaga. Only one problem, wrong net. #FCDvSEA pic.twitter.com/KU8bmf0gQw— Noah Riffe (@NoahRiffe) June 2, 2019
WEATHER UPDATE 6:10PM: Warm-ups are happening!! Kickoff at 6:47 is the plan, just hope there is not a reappearance of the lightning.
WARMUPS pic.twitter.com/ODQBMso5Xr— Danny Ciaccio (@DannyCiaccio) June 2, 2019
WEATHER UPDATE 6:00PM: Finally the weather appears to be passing. Kickoff at 6:47, about an hour and 45 minutes late, if this holds.
If weather continues to hold, players are expected to begin warm ups at 8:10 with #FCDvSEA kickoff tentatively set for 8:47! https://t.co/XBbCVMTiIt— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) June 2, 2019
WEATHER UPDATE 5:10PM: Sounders brought rain and lightning to Dallas. The storm was initially going delay the match till about 5:45 but with the storm still going, it may be later. FC Dallas is updating their site as the storm goes through.
Per FC Dallas’s latest update: “A heavy storm is currently over Toyota Stadium and fans are advised to take cover. Once there is 30 minutes of clearance from lightning, teams will have a full 30-minute warm up and then stay on field. The game will start 7 minutes after warm ups end.”
LINEUPS: There are several notable changes from last week’s game against Sporting KC. Chief among them is Gustav Svensson’s return to the starting lineup. He will slot in alongside Jordy Delem, while Cristian Roldan moves up to the No. 10 spot for the suspended Nicolas Lodeiro. Two Sounders will receive their first starts of the year: Xavier Arreaga replaces Kim Kee-hee, while Alex Roldan replaces Handwalla Bwana. Joevin Jones and Trey Muse also make their first gameday rosters of the season.
The other somewhat surprising decision is leaving Victor Rodriguez off the gameday 18. It’s unknown if he will be fit in time for the midweek encounter with the Montreal Impact.
Here’s your @Delta Starting XI for today’s match vs @FCDallas! #SoundersMatchday | #DALvSEA— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) June 1, 2019
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Seattle Sounders travel to the land of Clint Dempsey for their final match before players start reporting for national team duty. Dallas is narrowly holding on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference and is coming off a tough loss to Vancouver, where their late comeback failed. Dallas has not won since beating Atlanta on April 20. Sounders will look to strike early and often and grow Dallas’s winless streak to seven.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
- OUT: F - Jordan Morris (right hamstring strain)
- QUESTIONABLE: M - Gustav Svensson (left hamstring strain)
- QUESTIONABLE: M - Victor Rodriguez (left hamstring strain)
- QUESTIONABLE: D - Kim Kee-Hee (knee pain)
- SUSPENDED: M - Nico Lodeiro (yellow card accumulation)
- OUT: M - Santiago Mosquera (knee injury)
- QUESTIONABLE: GK - Jesse Gonzalez (ankle injury)
- QUESTIONABLE: D - Reto Ziegler (adductor tightness)
- INTERNATIONAL: M - Brandon Servania (U20 World Cup)
- INTERNATIONAL: M - Paxton Pomykal (U20 World Cup)
- INTERNATIONAL: M - Edwin Cerrillo (U20 World Cup)
- INTERNATIONAL: M - Pablo Aranguiz (Toulon Tournament)
REF: Baldomero Toledo
AR1: Apolinar Mariscal
AR2: Adam Garner
4th: Alejandro Mariscal
VAR: Chico Grajeda
AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
Keys to the Game:
- Dallas likes to hold possession and play through their CBs, so Seattle should press early and try to make them uncomfortable — and maybe block a pass and steal a goal. In Kansas City, this worked late but Lodeiro’s chip couldn’t beat Tim Melia; this time look for someone to finish.
- Win the second balls. Dallas has one the highest possession rates at home in MLS, and Seattle will likely have hard time finding the ball. Second balls off headers and clearances will be crucial to flip the possession script in Seattle’s favor.
- Seattle’s left side gets exploited often and Dallas attacks down their right side substantially more than the center or left sides. Whether Nouhou or Brad Smith has started at LB, teams have tried to attack them to pin them back or take advantage of them going forward. As long as Smith/Nouhou and their LM partner retreat and watch their runners, Seattle should be okay. If that side gets exposed, it may be a more stressful match for Stefan Frei.
How to Watch
Match date/time: June 1 at 5:00 PM PT
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, Fubo TV (affiliate link), ESPN+
English TV: JoeTV
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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