The Seattle Sounders face top-of-the-table FC Dallas in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinals. Both teams returned largely the same roster, but come into this game all topsy-turvy.
Perennially underachieving Dallas has been a jugador’ing juggernaut, dispatching San Jose, Kansas City and Philadelphia in breezy fashion. Presumptive champs Seattle opened with a dominant win over Eastern Conference power New England before being humbled at home (with a man advantage!!) to perennial cellar dweller San Jose (to further complicate things New England just beat San Jose earlier today!). So it’s hard to know where Seattle falls in the relative rankings of the league, but today’s matchup should be a fine test.
Bold Prediction: Both squads are missing key players, as Seattle will be without Marco Pappa, Ozzie and Clint Dempsey. Dallas won’t have the talents of flop-master extraordinaire Blas Perez among others. Goals will be scored in Frisco, buckets full.
The Sounders get yet another opportunity to start the junior partners. I predict Kovar starts at left mind with Neagle up top. The youth movement provides a spark, but Dallas benefits from a sloppy Seattle backline: 3-2 Dallas.