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Tomorrow night FC Dallas will face their playoff rivals the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders have knocked Dallas out of their last two playoff appearances, making them one of the most hated teams to Dallas and their supporters. Currently the Sounders are at the top of the Western Conference table with 32 points, Sporting Kansas City (the last club Dallas played) are second with 30. Dallas has climbed from the bottom of the table to the middle at the 10th spot with 17 points. Their latest win came in their last game against SKC at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira both scored their first goals of the season to lead Dallas to their first road victory. The final score of that game was 2-1.
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After securing their first win (and postive result) on the road, it's unlikely that Luchi Gonzalez will change the lineup. Pomykal, Ferreira, Szabolcs Schon, and Ricardo Pepi have found their attacking groove. The pairing of Facundo Quignon and Edwin Cerrillo helped to ease the pressure off the defense. Nkosi Tafari has quickly moved up the depth charts and it doesn't look like he'll lose his spot anytime soon. Matt Hedges made his first appearance last week after a few weeks off due to injury. He only played nine minutes so he probably won't start for a couple more games, leaving Bressan on the field.
Given Dallas' history with the Sounders, this game feels like a loss. It could be a close one though until the final minutes. Final score 1-0 Seattle. Dallas will fight and make it a tough game though. Comment your score predictions or tweet them on Twitter tagging me.
By Melanie G. Isbell