PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS – Dallas v. Seattle

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR), Oakland, CA

RECAP / CLUB FRIENDLY – Seattle 2:2 Tijuana

Tijuana: Moreno (21’), Ruiz (28’)
Seattle: Neagle (11’), Rose (56’)

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS – Dallas v. Seattle

Hello, Fog City Faithful. On Saturday, 28 March, the Seattle Sounders Football Club will travel to Lamar Hunt Way and face FC Dallas, in Frisco, TX. You know the drill. I got good news, I got bad news.

The Good News
In their mid-week friendly against Tijuana, the Sounders passed their gut check with a 56th minute Andy Rose equaliser, holding on to draw 2:2. In the last five meetings against Dallas, Seattle have won twice, drawn twice, and lost only once.

The Bad News
Form is not on our side. Over the last six matches, Dallas are unbeaten (4-2-0). Seattle results over the last six matches: a respectable if uninspiring (2-2-2). Injuries are not on our side. Alonso, Dempsey, and newly acquired veteran English defender Tyrone Mears are on injury list and will miss this match. This will sorely test the depth of the Sounders central midfield and back four.

Familiar Faces
Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz was once selected, signed, and then immediately traded by Seattle (to Salt Lake) after choosing him in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Stephen Keel, though currently out through injury, played ten matches on loan with the Sounders in 2006.

Although selections haven’t been revealed for the match (Typical), these are the selections for each club for the previous league match:

Dallas: Seitz, Harris, Hedges, Hernandez, Loyd, Castillo, Diaz, Michel, Akindele, Ulloa, Perez.

Seattle: Frei, Evans, Marshall, Gonzalez, Mears, Pineda, Neagle, Pappa, Azira, Dempsey, Martins

Injury List
Dallas: OUT – Craft, Keel. Both Kennedy (goalkeeper) and Barrios did not train on Tuesday. Their status is indefinite for Saturday’s match.

Seattle: OUT – Alonso, Mears, Dempsey.

Fun Fact
Kenny Cooper’s father, Kenny Sr., played 170 matches in goal for the Dallas Tornado of the NASL between the years of 1970–1979.