Joevin Jones vs. FC Dallas September 2017-10-11
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SEAvDAL 101: Everything you need to know when the Seattle Sounders host FC Dallas

The Seattle Sounders are hosting Western Conference foe FC Dallas on Sunday in the penultimate match of the 2017 MLS regular season. Here is everything you need to know:


WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field. NOTE: Kickoff was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. PT earlier in the year.

WHERE TO WATCH: The game will be televised on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

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: 12-9-11 (47 points, 4th West), FCD: 10-9-13 (43 points, 6th West).

FORM GUIDE: Sounders: DDLWL; FC Dallas: DLWDD

ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 10-5-6 all time against FC Dallas, including a 7-1-1 record at home.

RECENT MEETINGS: The Sounders and FC Dallas played to a scoreless draw on Sept. 16 in Frisco, Texas, in their first meeting of the year.

WIN AND IN: The Sounders can clinch their ninth consecutive postseason trip on Sunday with a win. Seattle can still clinch a playoff spot with a draw or loss, but it will depend on results in other matches.

NATIONAL TEAM RETURNEES: The Sounders will likely have their seven internationals who competed during this past FIFA window available on Sunday. Clint Dempsey, Román Torres, Nicolás Lodeiro, Joevin Jones, Gustav Svensson, Nouhou and Oniel Fisher are all expected back before the weekend.

RECORD TRACKER: Seattle is on pace to potentially break some MLS and team records this season. Check out the full list HERE.

XBOX ONE X: The Sounders will wear special “Xbox One X” embellishments on their Rave Green jerseys on Sunday. They previously wore “Forza Motorsport 7” kits earlier this season.

RODRIGUEZ RETURNS: Head Coach Brian Schmetzer is expecting the return of midfielder Víctor Rodríguez on Sunday after he missed the match against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, Oct. 1. Rodríguez returned home to Barcelona to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.

CENTURYLINK CITADEL: The Sounders have turned CenturyLink Field into a fortress yet again this season, having lost only once in 15 home matches. Seattle sports a 9-1-5 record and will look to get to double-digit home wins on Sunday.

THREE IN EIGHT: FC Dallas makes its first trip to Seattle since the first leg of last year’s Western Conference semifinals in which the Sounders scored three goals in eight minutes in the second half to earn a 3-0 win. The Sounders lost the return leg in Frisco, 2-1, but advanced 4-2 on aggregate en route to their first MLS Cup title.

WHAT BYE WEEK?: FC Dallas played through last week’s FIFA international break, earning a 1-1 road draw at the Colorado Rapids. Atiba Harris equalized for FCD after Stefan Aigner gave the hosts the lead.

DANGEROUS DUO: FC Dallas is led by Maxi Urruti (12 goals) and Michael Barrios (14 assists), a pair that has provided much of FCD’s offensive workload this season. Urruti, though, has only one goal in his last 14 matches and none in his last eight.

WIN DROUGHT: FC Dallas has only won once in its last 13 matches, a 2-0 home victory over the Rapids on Sept. 27. FCD’s last win before then was on July 22.

PLAYOFF HUNTING: Despite its inability to secure wins, FC Dallas has climbed back into a playoff spot and enter Sunday in sixth place, one point ahead of Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes.

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