Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas
MLS Regular Season
Saturday, April 12; 5:30 pm PT; Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
TV/Radio: JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10); KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; THIS-TV (KOMO2, Spanish); ESPN Deportes Radio, 1490 AM (Spanish)
Dallas’ Record: FC Dallas has the best record in MLS at 4-0-1 (13 points), including a 3-0-0 record at home.
Head-To-Head: This is the first of three matches this season between Seattle and Dallas. Sounders FC will host Dallas on May 7 and the final match will be back at Toyota Stadium on September 24.
All-Time Series: Seattle leads the all-time series at 6-2-4, outscoring Dallas 20-12 in those 12 matches. That includes a 2-1-3 record at Toyota Stadium, with the lone defeat coming last season.
Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: D Damion Lowe (Hip Surgery); F Kevin Parsemain (ACL Tear). QUESTIONABLE: M Brad Evans (L Calf Contusion); M Andy Rose (L Hamstring Injury). FC Dallas – OUT: None. QUESTIONABLE: D George John (R knee); F Andres Escobar (Lower Back Strain).
Key Player: Mauro Diaz earned MLS Player of the Month honors after scoring two goals and adding one assist to pace Dallas to an unbeaten month of March. He has since added two more assists against the Houston Dynamo. The 23-year-old midfielder sets the table for Dallas in the same way that David Ferreira did for five seasons in Frisco.
Notes: Sounders FC defender Djimi Traore is eligible to play on Saturday after serving a red-card suspension last week against the Portland Timbers. Jalil Anibaba started in his place in a 4-4 draw with the Timbers...Eight of the 13 goals scored by FC Dallas this season have come in the final 30 minutes...Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson has already surpassed his career high with three goals this season. In three prior MLS seasons, he had not scored more than two goals...After last week’s 4-4 draw with the Portland Timbers, Clint Dempsey now leads MLS with four goals and Obafemi Martins is tops with four assists...Martins has a goal or assist in each of the last four matches while Dempsey and Cooper have three-match point streaks.