SEAvDAL 101: Everything you need to know when the Seattle Sounders host FC Dallas in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs

The Seattle Sounders are hosting FC Dallas on Saturday in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. Here is everything you need to know:


Matchday Guide

WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

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

WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air on 950 KJR AM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360 AM.

ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 14-9-9 all-time against FCD in the regular season and playoffs, including an 11-1-3 mark at home.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Seattle wrapped up the 2019 MLS regular season with a pair of 1-0 wins over the San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota United, landing the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference (56 points, 16-10-8). Dallas struggled down the stretch, going winless in four straight matches, before closing the season with a 6-0 win over Sporting Kansas City to grab the No. 7 seed (48 points, 13-12-9).

NEW FORMAT, WHO DIS: Major League Soccer changed the structure of the postseason ahead of the 2019 season, moving to a single-elimination, fixed-bracket format in which the higher-seed team hosts.

EXTRA TIME: If the match is tied after regulation play, two extra 15-minute periods will be played without the golden-goal rule. Should the game remain tied afterwards, both teams will take five penalty kicks (and continuing into sudden death) until a winner has been determined. Lastly, the away-goals tiebreaker no longer applies.

BUILT FOR THIS: Seattle fought through plenty of adversity this year, but they enter the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs with a roster comprised of seasoned veterans and promising new players. They’re built for another run in the postseason.

RUN IT BACK: The last time the Rave Green faced Dallas in the postseason, they defeated the Texas side 4-2 on aggregate back in 2016, a run that culminated in the club’s first-ever MLS Cup.

AUTUMN NICO: Seattle Sounders midfielder and team captain Nicolás Lodeiro is the club’s all-time leading scorer in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, with five goals from 13 matches.

CLUTCH JJ: Joevin Jones, who returned to the Rave Green midway through the season, is the club’s all-time leader in postseason assists with five, all of which came during the club’s back-to-back runs to MLS Cup in 2016 and 2017.

ONE OF OUR OWN: Seattle Sounders Homegrown winger Jordan Morris on Monday was named one of three finalists for 2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY: Speaking of Morris, the Mercer Island native put on an absolute clinic for the USMNT in a 7-0 win over Cuba in the CONCACAF Nation’s League, bagging a goal and three assists in the first half. You can find a full run down of all the Sounders’ competing with their respective national teams here.

THE FUTURE: For the first time in club history, the Seattle Sounders will be sending players to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Homegrowns Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and Danny Leyva, as well as Academy standout Ethan Dobbelaere will travel to Brazil with the U.S. U-17 men’s national team.

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