Three Key Match-Ups: at FC Dallas

Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas

MLS Regular Season
Saturday, April 12; 5:30 pm PT; Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
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Sounders FC meets FC Dallas for the first of three matches this season on Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Dallas leads MLS with a 4-0-1 record and 13 goals. Here are three matchups to watch in the clash of Western Conference foes.

Fabian Castillo vs. DeAndre Yedlin

Seattle’s right back was faced with one of the top wing players in MLS last week with Portland’s Darlington Nagbe. Now, he will meet another up-and-comer in Castillo, whose blazing speed has gotten him 12 goals and 12 assists in 85 career MLS matches and he is still just 21 years old. Yedlin, meanwhile, is in his second MLS season and is looking to prove himself as the league’s top right back after earning an All-Star nod last season and an increasing spotlight with the U.S. National Team with appearances in two friendlies this year. The two will undoubtedly put their speed on display on the wide-open field at Toyota Stadium.

Mauro Diaz vs. Osvaldo Alonso

Thus far, Diaz has been the catalyst to the Dallas offense. However, the 23-year-old midfielder hasn’t faced Alonso yet this season. Diaz earned Etihad Player of the Month honors after posting two goals and one assist for FC Dallas in the month of March and added two more assists last week against the Houston Dynamo. Seattle Head Coach Sigi Schmid emphasized that the key to slowing the Dallas offense was to cut off service and that starts with the Alonso-Diaz matchup.

Chad Marshall vs. Dallas set pieces

“The Air Marshall” has shown to be capable of clearing any aerial threats from the Seattle box. That reputation will likely be put to the test against Dallas, who is able to create havoc on set piece opportunities with the service of Michel and the Dallas offense, who has scored five of its 13 goals on free kicks this season. Part of that battle is in eliminating fouls in dangerous areas, but with Marshall in the back, it’s a good security blanket when those fouls do arise.