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Three things: What to watch for as FC Dallas takes on the Seattle Sounders

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What do you need to know about this key game?

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The season is on the line for FC Dallas this weekend as they head north to battle the Seattle Sounders. Here are a few keys to the match that we’re looking at come Sunday.

Fouling Lodiero

The idea of not getting beat by a team’s best player is not local to just soccer. There are intentional walks in baseball, double coverage in football, and fouling a player in basketball. It isn’t complicated and it works. There’s a reason it has a home in so many different sports. My heart goes out to Nicolas Loderio for being one of the league’s most hacked players with 101 fouls suffered, but if it gets the result then it needs to be done.

The West is a mess right now and there isn’t any room for gentlemanly behavior. The rest of the league already hates us now anyway because Oscar Pareja maliciously masterminded a late substitution of our best player out of the game thus stealing a point from the honorable Orlando City Soccer Club. Plus, if Lodiero gets fouled one more time then he’ll be the third most fouled player in a season in MLS history, he probably wants that record anyway. I’m sure Carlos Gruezo will be happy to oblige them.

Who stays?

I love Roland Lamah. He is such a nice guy. I really enjoyed getting to interview him this summer, but he’s making Victor Vasquez, Cubo Torres, or Hector Villaba money. The team is going to have to think long and hard about his place on the roster. I’m sure this will be the center of a great number of debates this off season and these last few games are so critical to your opinion of a player going into the off season because it’s the last taste they leave in your mouth. Look at Javier Morales, he’s been at the center of Dallas’ late surge for the playoffs and he may have bought himself another season in Dallas.

Untimely yellow cards

Gruezo and Hernan Grana are both staring down a one game suspension if they get booked this week. This is a must win game and I don’t think Dallas will look past Seattle and that three points against LA is enough. Expect them to start, maybe just be a little more cautious, which could be very dangerous.

Grana plays like he has a lot on his mind, meaning he makes some really unforgivable errors sometimes, and knowing that he could be suspended for the final game of the regular season could get in his head and cause some problems.