Seattle Sounders FC host FC Dallas tonight at Qwest Field at 7 PM. The club released the following match preview…
Part of the pack of contenders in the Western Conference, Seattle Sounders FC has a chance to break out of the bunch by the end of the week. Yet it’s a tall task for the Rave Green since they must confront two of the best in MLS within a span of three days. Seattle concludes a three-game home stand on Wednesday evening versus FC Dallas at 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. On Saturday night Sounders FC tests Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium at 6 p.m. PT.
Wednesday’s match will be broadcast on KONG 6/16 and ROOT Sports will air the game live with Arlo White calling the action. Saturday’s game in Sandy, Utah will be aired live on KONG 6/16 and THIS-TV. Rob Stone and Peter Fewing will describe the action.
A limited number of tickets to Wednesday’s match are still available. Visit www.SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL for more information.
After this week pace slows to one match per week until Open Cup play begins late next month. Seattle plays at Chicago on June 4.
Although hit hard by injuries Sounders FC (4-3-5, 17 points) has fought on, earning points in nine of the last 10 starts to share third in the West table. A stoppage time goal by Jeff Parke produced a 1-nil home win over Sporting Kansas City last Saturday, extending the current unbeaten string to three games.
FC Dallas (5-3-3, 18 points), runner-up in MLS Cup 2010, lost League MVP David Ferreira on April 23 but that same date was the start of a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2). Dallas and Real Salt Lake finished in a scoreless deadlock on Sunday in a match delayed by lightning in the second half.
Three of the previous four meetings with the Texans have ended tied, including both 2010 matches which featured late equalizers by FC Dallas. Seattle got the lone victory in the series, 2-1 in the final game of 2009.
Backed by North America’s largest fan base, Seattle has sold-out 38 straight MLS home games and lost only once (8-1-4) in the last 13 regular season fixtures on its home turf.
No team has proven more formidable at home the past three years than Real Salt Lake. Since moving into Rio Tinto at the end of 2008, RSL has gone 24-1-11. It’s been 29 matches and two years since the lone loss, to Kansas City on May 16, 2009, and visitors have managed to score only one goal in four games this season.
Real Salt Lake (5-1-2, 18 points) has the fewest losses in MLS and has at least two games in hand on its West brethren because of postponements due to CONCACAF Champions League action earlier this spring. It was runner-up to Mexico’s Monterrey in the final series.
Seattle and RSL are knotted at 1-1-2 in the regular season series. Both games were drawn in 2010. The teams also met in a 2009 U.S. Open Cup play-in game, won 4-1 at home by Sounders FC.
Both matches this week will be broadcast live on 97.3 KIRO FM and La Gran D 99.3 FM.
Official Sounders FC game notes for this week’s match against FC Dallas are available at http://SoundersFC.com/notes.
Local TV: KONG 6/16
Local Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM
Talent: Arlo White and Erin Mayovsky (sideline)
Pregame Talent: Chris Egan with Alan Hinton and Pete Fewing (TV)
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM
Talent: Rene Aleman, Victor Hernandez and Noe Menendez