It’s another game day with more high stakes for the Sounders. Here is our preview story from today’s paper, and below, some of the basis:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-11-6; 51 POINTS)
AT FC DALLAS (10-11-11; 41 POINTS)
11:30 a.m., Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas.
TV: NBC. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 6-1-4 overall and 2-0-3 at Dallas. Seattle is on a six-game unbeaten run (5-0-1) in the series, including home wins of 4-2 and 3-0 this season.
NOTES: Seattle will clinch a playoff spot with a win. The Sounders also would get in with a draw if Colorado loses or ties with Vancouver on Saturday or San Jose loses or ties with Los Angeles on Sunday. Seattle also could get in regardless of result if Colorado and L.A. win. … The Sounders have qualified while on the road in each of their first four seasons. … Dallas is assured of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. … Seattle (0-3-2) and Dallas (0-4-1) are on five game winless streaks. … Midfielder Brad Evans is back with the Sounders after U.S. national team duty, and Dallas goals leader Blas Perez is back from duty with Panama. … Dallas averages 15,396 fans per home game. That’s 14th in the 19-team league, but also on pace for the club single-season attendance record. The Hoops are 8-3-5 at home. The Sounders are 5-9-2 on the road. … Dallas defender George John, a former Washington Husky, is out with a patella tendon strain. Seattle lists Steve Zakuani and Shalrie Joseph as out, and Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins and Djimi Traore as questionable. … Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is out due to red-card suspension. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Adam Moffat and Djimi Traore are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Ismail Elfath. … Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman has announced that he will step down at the end of this season.
QUOTABLE: “They’ll definitely come out looser: a little more relaxed, and also full of fight because A, they’re a little upset that they didn’t make the playoffs; and B, because they know they’re also playing for jobs.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on FC Dallas.
NEXT: The Sounders conclude the MLS regular season at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 when Los Angeles visits CenturyLink Field. More than 64,000 tickets have been sold.