FC Dallas begins their MLS Cup run with a visit to Washington for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals against the Seattle Sounders.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Chris Strickland (AR1), Danny Thornberry (AR2)
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
Seattle vs. Dallas Head-to-Head
All-Time (20 meetings):Seattle 10 wins, 35 goals • Dallas 5 wins, 22 goals • Ties 5
All-Time Playoff Meetings:Series Tied 1-1-2
All-Time in Seattle (11 meetings):Seattle 7 wins, 23 goals • Dallas 3 wins, 7 goals • Ties 1
2016 Meetings (3 meetings): DAL 2, SEA 0 (May 14); SEA 5, DAL 0 (July 13); DAL 2, SEA 1 (Oct. 16)
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Zach Loyd (concussion), Mauro Diaz (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: Kellyn Acosta (hip)
Pareja in October. Since joining FC Dallas, Oscar Pareja has compiled a record of 8‐2-1 in October. He also has one playoff victory, a 2-1 win against Vancouver at Toyota Stadium in 2014.
Lean on Ruiz late. According to the club’s game notes, Carlos Ruiz leads MLS in playoff goals per game (0.94) with 16 goals in 17 appearances. He scored the most goals in a single playoff season in 2002, when he netted eight goals in six games for the LA Galaxy.
How to watch
Kickoff: 8:30 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Online: Fox Sports to Go
Projected lineups: We expect FC Dallas go back to the 4-4-2 for another weekend to grind out a result on the road.
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