FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Preview and Prediction
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FC Dallas will face the newly crowned CONCACAF Champions League winner the Seattle Sounders. The match is set to be played at Dallas' home, Toyota Stadium at 7:30pm tomorrow night. Seattle just played last Wednesday against Pumas UNAM, so they'll probably have to rotate their squad for this game, giving Dallas an advantage. Dallas are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in MLS, they have won all but one of their home games so far, their non win came from their 1-1 draw against Toronto FC in their home opener.
Dallas should see the return of two players for this match, captain Matt Hedges and homegrown Thomas Roberts. Hedges missed last week's game as he welcomed his son.
Hedges will bring a much needed boost to the defense. In last week's game, Dallas earned a 2-2 tie on the road against Sporting Kansas City. It was the first time that Dallas conceded more than one goal in a match this season. Hedges' presence should help push Dallas to a victory tomorrow night.
Thomas Roberts returns after spending the last few months on loan with Austrian side SK Austria Klagenfurt. (https://www.fcdallas.com/news/thomas-roberts-ready-to-play-after-european-loan-spell) His return will help to provide some depth to the midfield, which is especially needed now as Brandon Servania will miss tomorrow's match due as he received a red card last week. He probably won't start, but he should be on the bench tomorrow.
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Jesus Ferreira's Legacy-
Jesus Ferreira is tied with his father David Ferreira in goals scored for FC Dallas. The younger Ferreira scored his 24th goal last weekend. Jesus is on track to surpass his father's record and in less games. David played 113 games to score his 24 goals, Jesus is only at 90 in his career.
Starting Eleven Prediction-
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With the exception of swapping Brandon Servania out for Ntsabeleng Tsiki, Dallas should field their first choice starting eleven. If it wasn't for his suspension, it is likely that Servania would be starting alongside Paxton Pomykal.
4-1 FC Dallas victory
This match should be a win for Dallas. The Sounders will need to rotate since they played just a few days ago. Dallas is at home, which is once again Fortress Frisco. Hedges' return should help the defense limit their opponents' chances.
Ferreira scores a brace, Velasco scores his third, and Paul Arriola notches one that Ferreira assists.