FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders | MLS Match Preview
FC DALLAS vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
TOYOTA STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
March 28, 2015 (WEEK 4, MLS Game #34)
8:30 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE)
FC Dallas puts their perfect start to the 2015 season on the line with a real test, when they play host to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas are the only team with maximum points from their first three matches, coming off a 2-0 win at Philadelphia Union last Sunday. Sounders FC return to league competition with their first away match this year, coming off a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes two weeks ago at CenturyLink Field.
- FC Dallas continued their perfect start to the 2015 season, winning their third match in as many starts in a weather-delayed 2-0 match at Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon. FCD has opened a season with three consecutive wins for the second time in club history, the first since 1998; they are the only team with maximum points in MLS this season.
- Sounders FC return to action after a weekend off, following their opening match victory with a 3-2 defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes on March 14 in their second game this season at CenturyLink Field. Clint Dempsey netted after just 17 seconds, the sixth-fastest goal in MLS history and his third goal of the season, still in a tie atop the MLS Golden Boot standings.
- Sounders FC won two of the three league meetings between the teams a year ago, including a 3-2 win on April 12 at Toyota Stadium, their third win in seven encounters all-time in Frisco.
- The teams also met in the Western Conference Semifinals. They reached a 1-1 draw at Toyota Stadium in the first leg, then played to a scoreless draw in the second leg in Seattle, with Sounders FC advancing on away goals.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Kevin Terry Jr. MLS Career: 261 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 63; pens: 65
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Kyle Bekker (CAN; vs GUA 3/27, vs PUR 3/30); Moisés Hernández (GUA; vs CAN 3/27, vs SLV 3/31); Je-Vaughn Watson (JAM; vs VEN 3/27, vs CUB 3/30); Blas Pérez (PAN; vs TRI 3/27, vs CRC 3/31) ... SEA: Marco Pappa (GUA; vs CAN 3/27, vs SLV 3/31)
ALL-TIME (15 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 18 goals … Sounders FC 8 wins, 26 goals … Ties 4
AT DALLAS (8 meetings): FC Dallas 2 wins, 11 goals … Sounders FC 3 wins, 11 goals … Ties 3
RETURN MATCH: 6/13: Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. PT