FC DALLAS v. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – Pre-Match Analysis

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR)

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. What do you feel when you watch the football? I know what I feel. I feel like the 11 lads in our colours represent me and mine. It’s real. A real thing. They’re willing to sacrifice a tonne to maybe once represent us wearing the Blue and the Green. How many drills in training have they spent? They run and fight. Tackle and lunge. Pass and move. You look up and pass the football and then you make a run, hoping to get a return pass. Breath is short. You hope to make a pass that lets a goal be scored, or run into a position that will allow you to have a crack at goal. There are no guarantees. You try and make your way the best you can. You look for teammates to pass to and run like hell when there’s no support. A good result by the team will see me exultant. A crap result will see me nearly in tears. This is the way of the football supporter. It’s a sickness like. What would you not give for your team? Even at home on the settee, it’s the same. I sing the same songs you do. I chant the same chants you do. We are one. One voice. One club. BRIAN SCHMETZER’S RAVE GREEN ARMY!!!

Time for a trip into Frisco, Texas for a Saturday standoff with our auld rivals the Dallas. This is a team we beat in the MLS Cup tournament despite the fact that the Dallas had won the League and the US Open Cup. This should bolster the hearts of our supporters, both at home and away. Yeah, they can score goals, but so can we. They can defend well, but so can we. Can we triumph over them…of course we can! What we need is every voice in the Green Family at full volume to make it happen. We have the lineup to see us to victory. Green belief is the key! Find your Green Family where ye may, and gather at the match or at a local pub to watch the proceedings. Join me in the pre-match toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB AND VICTORY!!!

lodeiro
Be the maestro, Nico. Manufacture the badass win we need.

The Good News
We are 7th in the league, six points clear of the Dallas. We are on a league-best 12 match unbeaten streak. The all-time record favours our boys in Green with nine wins and five draws in 20 matches. The Dallas haven’t won in their last eight matches. We haven’t lost a match since 17th June against NYCFC. We have form in our favour, and also the transfer window additions of Victor Rodriguez and Kelvin Leerdam, who are bolstering us up in the best possible way.

The Bad News
So here’s where it gets wonky. Away at the Dallas, we have only won twice in 11 attempts. On the road this season, the Sounders have only won three times in 14 matches. The compared margins of both sides scoring and defending are quite thin. The metrics don’t show a clear winner.

Know Thine Enemy
Goalkeeper
Jesse Gonzalez, 22, a domestic footballer developed by FC Dallas, has played 32 matches with the Dallas first team. He has also been capped at youth levels by Mexico 8 times.

Defence
Figueroa, 34, is a Honduran international who once played 148 matches for Wigan in England. He has 135 caps for Honduras.

Hedges, 27, is a domestic footballer developed by Butler and North Carolina (NCAA). He has played 162 times for FC Dallas and has five caps for the United States.

Zimmerman, 24, is a domestic product developed by Furman (NCAA). He has played 77 times for his club. He has 14 caps for United States youth sides, and one cap with the senior team.

Grana, 32, is an Argentine national on loan from All Boys. He has played 23 times for the Dallas and had previously played 7 times for the Columbus Crew. He has experience in Argentine football in excess of 100 matches.

Midfield
Gruezo, 22, is an Ecuadorian international who played 18 matches at VfB Stuttgart before moving to Dallas in 2016. He has played over 49 matches for his current club. He has 17 caps for Ecuador.

Acosta, 22, is a United States international developed by FC Dallas and the IMG Academy. He has played 100 times for his club. He has been capped 15 times for the Yanks.

Hollingshead, 26, is a domestic footballer produced by UCLA (NCAA). He has played 73 times for his club.

Diaz, 26, is an Argentine national developed by River Plate. After playing 69 times for River Plate, he moved on loan to Union Espanola for 41 matches. He moved to Dallas on a Designated Player contract in 2013 and has played 78 times for them scoring 19 goals.

Barrios, 26, is an Colombian national. He played 140 times for Unlautonoma scoring 35 goals before moving to Dallas in 2015. He has played 83 times for Dallas scoring 18 times.

Forward
Urruti, 26, is an Argentine national developed by Newell’s Old Boys. Played 65 times for the Treecutters. Has played 52 matches for the Dallas scoring 21 goals. He is the danger man in the offence.

Familiar Faces
Not a one.

Squads
Dallas from: Jesse Gonzalez, Seitz, Cannon, Chala, Figueroa, Grana, Guillen, Harris, Hedges, Hume, Zimmerman, Acosta, Barrios, Cermeno, Craft, Diaz, Luis Gonzalez, Gruezo, Hayes, Hollingshead, Lamah, Morales, Pomykal, Ulloa, Akindele, Colman, Ferreira, Reid, Reynolds, Urruti.

Sounders FC from: Frei, Miller, Meredith, Nouhou, Tolo, Marshall, Alfaro, Leerdam, Torres, Joevin Jones, Fisher, Svensson, Alonso, Roldan, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Kovar, Shipp, Delem, Wingo, Mathers, Dempsey, Adekoya, Bruin, Neagle.

Injury List
Dallas –
OUT: none.
MATCHDAY DECISION: none.

Sounders FC –
OUT: Evans (back), Morris (hamstring), Mallace (quad).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Marshall (hamstring).

Discipline
No suspensions on either side.
Hedges and Gruezo of Dallas out next booking.

Fun Fact
Before goalkeeper Stefan Frei played for us in Seattle, he played 82 times for Toronto FC and 47 times for California Golden Bears. What a trip.

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