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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Seattle Sounders

Seattle comes into Saturday's game hoping to rebound after losing to Sporting KC.

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas continues their franchise-record road trip with a visit to Washington to take on the Seattle Sounders FC for the second time this season.

The two side met earlier this season in a 0-0 draw back in March. Seattle is coming into this match hoping to rebound following a loss to Sporting KC last weekend.

Injury Report

OUT: Chad Barrett (hamstring)

PROBABLE: Obafemi Martins (nose fracture), Osvaldo Alonso (hamstring)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Marco Pappa (Guatemala)


Probable Lineup

Even with some question marks to the lineup, Sigi Schmid will likely have a very first-choice lineup on hand for Saturday's game. The bigger question will be whether or not Alonso or Martins play. It will also be interesting to see if United States defender Brad Evans will return to the lineup after playing in the big wins over Holland and Germany this past week.

Stefan Frei, Dylan Remick, Zach Scott, Chad Marshall, Tyrone Mears, Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Andy Rose, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins

Key Player - Clint Dempsey

There is little doubt in this one as Clint Dempsey has been killer for the Sounders this season with seven goals and six assists already in 2015. Both have him good enough for third in the league's overall stat leaders. If Dempsey gets things going against what should be a patch work defense for FC Dallas this weekend, it could be a long night in Seattle.

Key Matchup - Walker Zimmerman vs Dempsey

The Dallas defense will have to rely heavily on the US U-23 defender in this game. With Matt Hedges' status in doubt, along with all the international call ups that the team is dealing with, the bulk of the defense will really come down to how well Zimmerman is able to handle Dempsey and even Martins should he play. Zach Loyd returning to the defense from his one game suspension will help but I see the bulk of the work falling more on Zimmerman.