FULL-TIME: The Sounders registered their first home shutout since June 29, but were forced to settle for a 0-0 tie with FC Dallas after going down to 10 men in the 86th minute. The Sounders had a couple decent looks at a winner, but Jordan Morris hit the side netting with one shot and then had a breakaway attempt deep into stoppage time saved. Xavier Arreaga will be forced to sit out Sunday’s game after picking up two yellows.
The Seattle Sounders finish their brief two-game homestand Wednesday night against FC Dallas. This is the second of two matches against the Toros this regular season, after the Sounders lost 2-1 on the road on June 1. That match featured a pair of own-goals by the Sounders.
Dallas currently sits in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 12-11-7 (43 points in 30 games played; 1.43 ppg) and the Sounders remain in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 14-9-7 (49 points in 30 games played; 1.63 ppg). Dallas is 1-8-2 in their last 11 on the road, while the Sounders are 10-2-3 at home.
Last time out, the Sounders won 4-2 at home against the Red Bulls and Dallas lost 4-0 on the road against Chicago.
The Sounders are 12-7-6 all-time against Dallas and 9-1-1 at home.
A Sounders win would drop their “magic number” for clinching a playoff spot to 1.
Tale of the Tape
Last Five: W-L-W-W-D
Leading Goal Scorer: Raul Ruidiaz, 11 goals
Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 12 assists
Last Five: L-W-W-D-L
Leading Goal Scorer: Jesus Ferreira; 7 goals
Assist Leader: Michael Barrios, 13 assists
Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty
Out: M - Eric Alexander (adductor strain)
International Duty: n/a
Suspended on next yellow: Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, Paxton Pomykal
Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL), Jonathan Campbell (calf strain)
Suspensions: Roman Torres (PEDs)
International Duty: n/a
Suspended on next yellow: Nouhou
REFEREE: Drew Fischer; AR1: Gianni Facchini; AR2: Gjovalin Bori; 4th: Mark Allatin; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Jeremy Hanson
Keys to the Game:
- Make sure next Sunday’s game doesn’t matter: It’s at the point of the season when all that really matters is how the Sounders perform at home. If they win tonight, they’re all but mathematically assured of a playoff spot and can probably lock up the No. 2 spot by simply winning their final home game. They should be treating Sunday’s game against D.C. United as a complete afterthought when it comes to game planning.
- Start fast and stay strong: The Sounders seem to have figured out how to get early goals, but now they need to turn that into controlling matches.
- Contain Barrios: To the degree that FC Dallas can hurt the Sounders, it’s probably going to involve Michael Barrios. Barrios is mostly deployed on the right side of the midfield, which is the side where the Sounders have been a bit softer defensively. Might it be a good time for Nouhou to get the start?
How to Watch
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:30 PM PT
Location: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA
Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)
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