It hasn’t been easy lately for FC Dallas, as they’ve gone winless in their last eight games. It won’t get any easier as they welcome the Seattle Sounders in to town. Seattle has gone unbeaten in their last 12 games, including three straight draws.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. We’re back to a clean slate in the injury department.
Last year’s home meetings with Seattle. FC Dallas won both meetings at Toyota Stadium a year ago, a 2-0 win on May 14 and a 2-1 win on Oct. 16, now undefeated in its past four home encounters with Sounders FC.
Changes in the defense. FCD’s defense has been hit especially hard, weathering 22 of those 26 lineup changes in the last eight games – eight changes at center back, seven at defensive mid, three at left back, three at goalkeeper and one at right back.
The breaking point. According to the club’s game notes, FC Dallas has allowed 11 of its 38 goals on the season between the 61st and 75th minutes – 29%. Only the LA Galaxy have allowed more (12).
Key player for FCD: Michael Barrios. If FCD has a shot in getting back on track in this game, it may come down to how effective Barrios is on the wings in this one. When he is able to have space on the right side, we know how effective he can be.
Biggest Question: Will the real Dallas team show back up?
We’ve been asking this question a lot lately, even more so after last Sunday’s game. But here we are again, at home, against an opponent that FC Dallas should be able to beat. We’ve seen a different side of this squad lately that none of us like but if they can unmask themselves a bit and get back to what was working earlier in the season (playing smart, simple soccer with a stingy defense), then points will be theirs in the end of this one.
Key player for Seattle: Nicolas Lodeiro. We saw how dangerous he could be in last year’s playoffs. With Jordan Morris out for this one, he will be called to lead the way in the attack.
Injuries: OUT – D Brad Evans (lower back pain), F Jordan Morris (right hamstring strain)
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, 9/16, 7:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Online: MLS Live, FCDallas.com
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 86 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.