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DALvSEA 101: Everything you need to know when the Seattle Sounders visit FC Dallas

The Seattle Sounders are visiting FC Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 16, for the first of two meetings in Seattle’s final six matches of the season. Here is everything you need to know about the match:

WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 5 p.m. PT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

WHERE TO WATCH: The game will be televised on JOEtv and in Spanish on Univision-Seattle.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The game will air on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360 AM.

2017 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 11-7-10 (43 points, 2nd West); FCD: 9-8-10 (37 points, 6th West).


ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 10-5-5 all time against FC Dallas, including a 3-4-4 mark on the road.

RECENT MEETINGS: The fourth-seeded Sounders knocked off top-seeded FC Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals last season, 4-2 on aggregate. Seattle scored three goals in eight minutes in the first leg at CenturyLink Field before holding on in the second leg in Dallas.

UNBEATEN RUN: The Sounders head to Texas looking to extend their club-record unbeaten streak to 13 matches. Seattle is outscoring its opponents 23-11 and has not lost since June 17.

MORRIS SIDELINED: Forward Jordan Morris exited early against the LA Galaxy on Sunday when he pulled up with a strained hamstring. There’s no timetable yet for his return.

SEPTEMBER SUCCESS: The Sounders have a chance to make September their most successful month as an MLS club. If Seattle wins its remaining three matches this month against FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps, it would push its all-time September points-per-game average to 1.92, surpassing April and August’s 1.86.

NEAGLE TO THE RESCUE: Lamar Neagle entered Sunday’s home match against the Galaxy in the 83rd minute with the Sounders trailing 1-0. Less than two minutes later, his one-timed half-volley equalized and helped keep the Sounders’ unbeaten streak alive. It was his first goal for the Rave Green since rejoining the club from D.C. United on Aug. 7.

TORRES ELIGIBLE, NOUHOU RETURNS: Defender Roman Torres had his red-card suspension rescinded after an appeal earlier this week and he will be eligible to play against FC Dallas. Left back Nouhou, who missed last weekend while serving his own one-match suspension for a red card against the Portland Timbers on Aug. 27, will be available for selection in Dallas as well.

DALLAS DIVE: FC Dallas are winless in their last eight MLS matches and have not won since July 22. They’ve been outscored 19-7 and have fallen to the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just one point ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes.

EARLY CONCESSIONS: FC Dallas have conceded first in eight of its last nine matches, with the ninth a scoreless draw. FCD is 2-8-4 on the season when conceding first compared to 6-0-3 if it goes in front first.

MISSING MAXI: Forward Maxi Urruti leads FCD with 12 goals this season, but he has only scored once in the last nine games. He had found the back of the net in four straight matches before then.