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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Seattle Sounders

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The Sounders again? Alright, let's get to the scouting report then.

Cooper Neill

It seems odd to be scouting the Seattle Sounders FC again this soon but FC Dallas has a midweek clash with the league leaders tonight.

The Sounders are coming off another win over the weekend, this time a 2-1 decision over the Philadelphia Union at home. Obafemi Martins and Chad Marshall scored the game for the Sounders to lift them to three points.

FC Dallas is 1-4-1 in all-time regular season meetings in Seattle.

Injury Report

Seattle is sitting pretty right now in the injury department with really only two long-term injuries to discuss. Forward Kevin Parsemain is out with an ACL tear while rookie defender Damion Lowe is out with a hip injury.

The one question mark for Sigi Schmid is left back Leo Gonzalez. The veteran defender has practiced the last two days however so he should be able to go.

Projected Lineup

Schmid uses a 4-4-2 formation.

Goalkeeper: Stefan Frei; RB: DeAndre Yedlin; CB: Chad Marshall, Djimi Toure LB: Dylan Remick; RM: Brad Evans; CM: Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pindea; LM: Lemar Neagle; FW: Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins

Key Matchup

Fabian Castillo vs DeAndre Yedlin - The last time these two teams squared off, Castillo got the best of Yedlin in one half but was a ghost in the next half. For FCD to be successful, they need Castillo to be able to pin Yedlin in his own defensive third and cause havoc like he can in the attack.

Keys to Three Points

Limiting Dempsey - As we saw last time around, if Deuce gets space, he is dangerous both on and off the ball. He does a great job of roaming around and finding the pockets of space that defenders aren't in to create chances. But most importantly right now he is finishing those chances. The best way to cool a hot player like Dempsey is to limit his time on the ball. Keeping him away from scoring chances is easier said than done but possibly placing one person like Hendry Thomas on him to cut off his service could help.

Keeping composure - Right now FCD is not discipline enough and teams know it. Five red cards on the season is just three away from a club-record for a season. That crap has to stop and it isn't just about the officials calling bad calls either. FCD is forcing their hands and committing bad fouls. Seattle is a team that will pounce on dead ball situations and make FCD pay for them. Pareja needs to preach some good old emotional intelligence like Schellas Hyndman would say (as much as I would love to get away from anything Hyndman-based this year).

An active Perez - One thing we saw against New York was that when Blas Perez was active, it forced New York to do more work defensively in their own defensive half. His ability to draw the defense out can and will open up space for Danny Garcia, Castillo and whomever else is out on the other wing to create chances.

Making most of the set pieces - While I don't like having Michel out on the field for 90 minutes, his set piece service and just general service was missed on Sunday. But FCD has to make the most of things with him on the ball and in set piece situations. Perez is a guy, as are Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman. All three need to be active in those situations to make the most of what Michel does best.