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FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC: Preview, prediction and how to watch online

Will FCD be able to withstand the vaunted Sounder attack?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


FC Dallas moves forward here in the season as they travel west to take on the Seattle Sounders for the second time this season.

The two sides met to a 0-0 draw back in March on a night that saw many international call ups reck the two club's lineups.

FC Dallas notes:

Injuries

*Questionable: Matt Hedges (hamstring

* FCD did not have any one on the official injury report but Hedges did not train on Wednesday or Thursday.

International duty

Kellyn Acosta (US U-20s), Atiba Harris (St. Kitts & Nevis), Moises Hernandez (Guatemala), Tesho Akindele (Canada)

Call ups. FC Dallas has lost a total of 20 players for matches this season to international call‐ups. By the end of next month that number should reach 26.

Seeing red. This season, Dallas is averaging 0.285 per match. While FC Dallas has slightly lowered its red‐cards‐per‐game average, the league itself has seen an increase with 0.273 per match in 2015 as opposed to 0.25 in 2014. Despite the fact that the club has four red cards on the season, they are tied for sixth-lowest in fouls caused per game.

Diaz effect. According to the club's game notes, Mauro Diaz ranks first in fouls suffered per match this season (3.4). Despite the abuse, the Argentine was able to surpass his previous MLS‐high for matches started in a season (9 in 2014) last weekend. He is one of only three players in the top 11 for fouls suffered this season to average over three fouls per match. Matias Perez Garcia (SJ, 3.07) and Dom Dwyer (SKC, 3.0) are the others.

Key player for FCD: Victor Ulloa. With such a patch-work defense being used in Seattle due to injuries, suspensions and call ups, Ulloa will have to be the guy in the midfield that helps clog up the passing lanes to Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins up top for Seattle. If Ulloa isn't able to keep the back four clear from pressure, expect the Sounders to come out on top in this one.

Biggest question: Will the underdogs pull the upset?

It has been ugly lately for FCD but part of that is due to the offense drying up and the red cards appearing again. But given all the international call ups and everything else, FCD is the big underdog this weekend in MLS.

Prediction

I thought last week was going to be a gut check moment for Pareja and the club but things didn't materialize in that way like we thought it would. Given all the players missing for injuries and call ups, it is hard to feel overly optimistic going against one of the league's best teams. This one certainly feels like it could be a loss.

FCD 1, Seattle 3

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, 6/13, 9:00PM

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA

TV: TXA21

Online: MLS Live

Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.