FC Dallas look to go 4 for 4 in home matches this season as the Seattle Sounders FC come into Toyota Stadium looking to carry the momentum they had at the end of last week's match against Portland. Let's take a look back at the history between these two teams.
Seattle joined the league in 2009 as an expansion team, but FCD didn't find their first win against the rave green until 2011 (FCD lost one and drew three in the two years prior) when Brek Shea notched the game's only goal blasting a shot past Kasey Keller.
Dallas has only 2 wins in 13 matches against Seattle while dropping points in the other 11 matches with 7 losses and 4 draws. In Frisco FCD hasn't fared any better with only 1 win in 6 matches while losing twice and drawing thrice. History isn't looking good for FCD on Saturday, but the win at Houston should give us an edge.
Last season FCD lost twice on the road getting utterly embarrassed in both matches while finally getting the better of Seattle in the Hyndman Era home finale where Michel had a stellar game in notching an assist on a free kick to Matt Hedges and knocking in one of his own to put the nail in the coffin (Highlights from the 2-0 win below.)
The ultimate downfall in the first two matches was a high line in the back that was heavily exposed by the speed of Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson; it will be interesting to see how Oscar Pareja approaches this match defensively to deal with the Martins, Dempsey and Cooper tandem likely to be seen in the starting XI (Eddie Johnson has since moved to DC United.)
FCD and Seattle matches average just over 2.5 goals per game when they play each other, with that number being over 3.5 goals per match last season, meaning it should be a cracker on Saturday; not to mention that each side notched 4 goals apiece last weekend with stellar finishing.
The largest loss from this series came last season in a three-nil road loss for The Hoops when things went from bad to worse as an 8 match winless streak fell to 9 as Obafemi Martins scored the winner in the 9th minute only for FCD to concede two more later in the match.
The largest victory for FCD in the series also came last season in the 2-0 win I mentioned before. Michel and Hedges will look to continue their fine form against Seattle as both could be in the lineup against an offense-heavy Seattle that will look to score plenty of goals. Based on how the series has gone, the odds look to be in Seattle's favor, but not if Oscar Pareja has anything to do with it. The lads will surely be up for the challenge when they hit the pitch Saturday at 7:30PM!