Dallas Soccer: Seattle Sounders FC

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC at FC DALLAS
FC DALLAS STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
May 9, 2012
7:30 p.m. CT (FS-SW+)

LAMAR'S TAILGATE: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on the North Concourse featuring the Ben E. Keith 1,000 pound smoker, live music, street tacos, the FC Dallas Promo Girls and much more.

LARRY HALL SCARFING: North Texas Premier Soccer Association President Larry Hall will scarf the Lamar Hunt statue during pregame festivities.

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REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos.
MLS Career: First game.
SAR (bench): Frank Anderson;
JAR (opposite): Corey Rockwell;
4th: Abbey Okulaja

INJURY REPORT:

-FC DALLAS – OUT: MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); MF Andrew Wiedeman (sports hernia repair); MF Carlos Rodriguez (L elbow dislocation); MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); QUESTIONABLE: Brek Shea (L foot turf toe)

- SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – OUT: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); DF Michael Tetteh (L hamstring strain); FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip injury)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Richard Sanchez (Mexico U-20)

SUSPENDED:

- DAL: Blas Perez (through May 9); Daniel Hernandez (through May 9)

- SEA: Leo Gonzalez (through May 9)

WARNINGS:

- SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none

- SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Jair Benitez, Daniel Hernandez

HEAD-TO-HEAD

- ALL-TIME (6 meetings): FC Dallas 1 win, 6 goals … Sounders FC 2 wins, 7 goals … Ties 3

- AT DALLAS (3 meetings): FC Dallas 0 wins, 3 goals … Sounders FC 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 2

-RETURN MATCHES:
9/2: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7 p.m. CT;
10/21: Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m. (ESPN/Deportes)

LAST YEAR (MLS):

-5/25: SEA 0, DAL 1 (Shea 18)

-8/20: DAL 0, SEA 1 (Rosales 16)

- The road team won each meeting last year, with FC Dallas winning 1-0 in Seattle, and Sounders FC returning the favor in a 1-0 win on Aug. 20 in Frisco.

- FC Dallas have never defeated Sounders FC at FCD Stadium – with two draws in Frisco preceding last year’s win.

- Sounders FC haven’t defeated FC Dallas at Qwest Field in league play since 2009.

Coaches' records:
Schellas Hyndman vs. SEA: P31 W13 L8 D10 …
Sigi Schmid vs. DAL: P6 W1 L2 D3

FC DALLAS TEAM NEWS

- FC Dallas saw their winless run reach four games, having taken just two of a possible 12 points since their last win, April 12 vs. Montréal.

- After playing two men down for nearly a third of the match, FC Dallas finally broke with Colorado scoring two goals in a 13-minute span.

- Brek Shea was held out of the match after the contest at LA, when he was substituted after 76 minutes. Shea is also dealing with turf toe.

- Kevin Hartman made his return to the lineup after missing three games with back spasms. He was credited with seven saves on the evening.

- When Hernandez and Perez were sent off, James Marcelin was given his FC Dallas debut, coming in for Scott Sealy as Hyndman tried to readjust his line. He could figure in the first XI for the Seattle match with Hernandez suspended.

- Once again, Hyndman will be forced to make changes in his side – he has yet to keep the same team from one game to the next, and has run out 10 different lineups this season.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC TEAM NEWS\

- At 6-1-1, Sounders FC are off to the best start in the club’s MLS history. “Three games in a week is not an easytask, but we came out with nine points so that is something that we are very happy about,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid.

- Sounders FC have recorded back-to-back shutouts, four in their last five games and in five games on the season. The shutout against Philadelphia came with three different players in the back four – only center back Jeff Parke kept his place from midweek.

- Mauro Rosales scored his first goal of the season, in his third start after missing four matches with a knee sprain.

- Fredy Montero collected his first assist of the season, setting up Rosales after opening his goalscoring account at midweek.

- Bryan Meredith was given his first professional start in goal, after making his full debut at midweek when firstchoice goalkeeper aggravated a hip injury in the first half of the LA Galaxy match.

- Schmid said Gspurning will likely miss both matches this week. He said there is an outside chance he will available to return for the May 19 contest vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Five quick hits heading into Seattle game

May, 9, 2012
5/09/12
2:51
AM CT
We’re a day, give or take, from FC Dallas hosting Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night in Frisco, so here are five quick hits on the game.

1. Hartman or Seitz in Goal? ---FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said after Sunday’s
2-0 loss to Colorado that he’d like to give one of the next two games to Chris Seitz. Will this be the game where the ex-Maryland Terrapin gets the nod or will Hyndman wait until Saturday night when Dallas visits Columbus to face the Crew? That decision was likely made after a short training session on Tuesday morning on the FC Dallas Stadium field.

2. Shea Back or Not? ---Brek Shea missed Sunday’s loss with a case of turf toe that has been bothering him for the last few weeks. He didn’t train on Monday but could still be in Hyndman’s first 11 for Wednesday. However, for that to happen, the 6-foot-4 native Texan will most likely have to have gone through Tuesday’s practice with little or no issues. If Shea was to miss the Seattle game, he would have to be considered a near lock to return to the pitch on Saturday night against the Crew.

3. Who’s in for Blas Perez Up Top? ---Hyndman may or may not have a tough decision on his hands. It all depends on how one views the situation. Conventional wisdom says the Dallas gaffer sticks with veteran Scott Sealy here even though Sealy’s results haven’t been all that notable since he returned to full health. Hyndman rolling the dice with a youngster like Ruben Luna would be an interesting move, but is likely not one he’d be willing to make, especially in the wake of having two starters out on suspension.

4. Is Marcelin Ready for Prime Time? ---Newly signed Haitian midfielder James Marcelin made his FCD debut on Sunday night, playing the entire second half at holding midfield and did well enough to earn solid reviews from Hyndman. The ex-SMU coach admits Marcelin isn’t match fit, but what other choice does he have than to start him at d-mid with starter Daniel Hernandez serving a suspension for this game? Not much of a choice at all, does he?

5. How Much Will FCD Have in the Tank for This One? ---Forget the fact that Dallas has just under 72 hours between games. Sunday’s loss took a lot out of FCD in several ways but playing two men down for the final 56 or so minutes will do that. And now that Hyndman’s club will hit the pitch on Wednesday night minus two starters, this is clearly an uphill battle for them to get any kind of favorable result against a team that is playing some good football right now. Schellas labeled Sounders FC as a tenacious team that is like a shark when they smell blood in the water. If that doesn’t describe FCD right now, then it’s hard to say what does.

6. (Bonus) Who Starts for Ugo Ihemelu? ---The captain is out with concussion symptons, either Matt Hedges or Hernan Pertúz will take his place. Earlier this year Pertúz would have been the obvious choice, but of late Hedges has done well filling in. Best guess at this point is Pertúz... or it could be Hedges... wait...
The televised MLS talent season known as Sueño is returning for 2012 and once again FC Dallas is a host team. Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2012 kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April 14, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas. FCD has plucked talent form the competition to join their academy in the past, even if they did miss out on signing professionally the biggest fish from the competition's history: Gabriel Funes Mori.

Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in one of three open tryouts. The competition and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision Network’s popular weekly sports entertainment program, “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic).

Now in its sixth year, Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate will be staged by three MLS teams, including first-time host, Seattle Sounders FC, as well as returning hosts FC Dallas and Chivas USA. Up to 500 tryout spots will be made available at each city on a first come, first served basis. In past years, spots have filled up in only a few hours following the start of registration. A waiting list will be available for those who are not able to register for the initial spots.

In each city, field players will be battling for one of five invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and a ticket to the exciting four-day “Final Event” which will be staged in the greater Los Angeles area and be hosted by MLS and Argentina soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts, and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars. The ultimate champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 13, live on “República Deportiva” (see calendar below for more information). “Republica Deportiva” host and former Mexican national team goalkeeper, Félix Fernández, will also be onsite to participate in select Sueño MLS events.

Returning to Sueño MLS for a second year is the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as the top goalkeeper and will compete in the finals on Univision’s “Republica Deportiva” on Sunday, May 13th for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with an MLS team. El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of the Sueño MLS 2012 - presented by Allstate, and mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Rios. For more information on El Portero Allstate, go to www.suenomls.com.

Airing nationally every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT/1 p.m. PT, Univision Network’s “República Deportiva,” the highest-rated weekly sports show on Spanish-language television, will follow the action weekly in a unique “reality show within a show” format.

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given thousands of talented young athletes a chance to showcase their skills and impress youth development scouts. The original winner, forward Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores) of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his sixth year with MLS’ Chivas USA. He is also part of the current roster for the United States Under-23 National Team. The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving on to Argentina’s legendary side River Plate, where he plays alongside his twin brother Jose, a Dallas Sueño MLS finalist that same year.

Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April 14, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas. The program then moves to Seattle on April 21-22 and on to LA-based Chivas USA April 28-29. Specific tryout locations will be announced at a later date. The “Final Event” will take place May 9-13, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, where League scouts and celebrity guests, including Barros Schelotto and Rios, will be on hand to provide guidance and select the ultimate winner in front of a live Univision national television audience on Sunday, May 13.

2012 TIMELINE
March 25 Live announcement on República Deportiva
April 14-15 Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 21-22 Local market tryouts (Seattle Sounders FC)
April 28-29 Local market tryouts (Chivas USA)
May 9-13 National Finals in Los Angeles
May 13 Announcement of winner on República Deportiva

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY:
Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between dates of April 13, 1998 and May 14, 1994) with appropriate identification and retain their amateur status. Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Carson, CA. Sueño MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the final event in Carson, CA. For more information, please visit www.SuenoMLS.com. Participation in the event is free. Players may not register for more than one city.

PAST WINNERS:

Year Name Home Town Position Host Team
2007 Jorge Flores Anaheim, CA Forward Chivas USA
2008* Gabriel Funes Mori Arlington, TX Forward FC Dallas
2008* Briant Reyes Downey, CA Midfielder Chivas USA
2009 Alberto Lopez Aurora, Ill Midfielder Chicago Fire
2010 Nelson Castro Houston, TX Defender Houston Dynamo
2011 Birnis Adames Camden, NJ Forward Philadelphia Union
*Co-winners in 2008

Match Grades: FC Dallas v Seattle

August, 22, 2011
8/22/11
10:42
AM CT
It was a rough night for Hyndman's troops Saturday as they not only lost 1-0 to the Sounders, but dropped to 3rd in the standing behind the same Seattle side. It also marks the team's second loss in the last five, and now Dallas has grabbed only five out of a possible 15 points.

The big storyline was going to be how the team dealt with George John's absence and Zack Loyd's move into that spot, as it seemed that's the teams future, but it turned into something far more worrisome as Loyd was lost early to a hamstring injury and Jeremy Hall was called into very early duty.

Seattle did little to test the back line after they took the lead and spent more time working to deconstruct any Dallas attack - something they did particularly well.

They were helped by Dallas' midfield combination of Hernanadez, Villar and Cruz who obviously are still learning to play together as there were moments of fine, silky play, but turnovers plagued the trio with Villar in particular struggling to find a connecting pass in the final third. It is interesting to consider the number of different combinations Hyndman has tried in these three spots over the course of the season. While Hernandez has been the one constant, the number of people that have filled in the other two is by my count, is at least eight, and somehow the team is still having a quality season.

The latest addition to that mix is Cruz, who looks to be intriguing and was terribly unlucky to have fallen victim of a yellow card that defies any application of the Laws of the Game. It wasn't the only odd call referee David Gantar made but it was the most affecting on the match. Gantar's decision to attempt to control the match by calling it tightly made his ejection of Cruz all the more confusing because of the number of times he had already called that same foul previously in the match the other way.

Brek Shea also had a tough match, and like many of his teammates, looked just a bit off and sluggish as the heat and number of matches must be taking their toll.

On a night looking for answers, what we got were just more questions. Leading the list is the status of Andrew Jacobson. Has he lost his spot, or is his hammy injury worse than thought? How long is Loyd out, and does that effect the front offices decision to sell John? Can Hyndman afford to rest Shea, Ugo and Hernandez who all look like they could use a nap? How does Castillo find a starting spot?

Dallas again, even down a man, impressed with their determination to score and it took stellar efforts from Seattle's Keller and Parke to keep Dallas from leveling the score.

The final third of the season will be fascinating to watch how Hyndman manages this team. He's largely been successful in navigating difficult waters, but three different competitions and the potential loss of his best defender may prove to be the question with an answer on one wants to hear.

Grades:

Hartman: 6 - That's a shot we're used to see him saving, but that's a quality finish

Jackson: 6 - He is un-nerving at center back as his propensity to commit the bad foul is worrisome

Loyd: I - The ghost of George John's hamstring strikes

Ugo: 6 - Looked devastated to have lost that ball for the goal, but worked to get past it

Benitez: 4 - A very frustrating night fraught with turnovers and odd decision making

Shea: 4 - Seattle's Scott had a successful night defending Shea who never really got into the match

Chavez: 4 - Another that simply lost the ball too much in the final third

Hernandez: 5 - His free kick taking again has disappointed, and gone from a strength to a weakness for the team

Cruz: 5 - Surprising work rate considering he hasn't played in a while

Villar: 4 - Not the quality he had been of late, committed the most fouls of anyone and the most turnovers

Santos: 5 - Seattle worked hard to shut him down and keep passes from reaching him. While the worst of his three appearances, he still is proving to be exactly what Dallas needed from the lone striker position.

Subs:

Hall: 6 - Give the kid credit. Sure he lost the ball a bit, but did get into the attack and all while just showing up the day prior.

Castillo: 7 - A wonderful spark and almost caught the team on fire

Guarda: n/a

FCD, Seattle both coming off big wins

August, 20, 2011
8/20/11
10:40
AM CT
Coming off an emotional win in Mexico this week, FC Dallas now has a chance to improve its impressive home record.

Dallas looks to extend a 372-minute shutout streak on its own pitch when it faces the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Dallas (12-6-7) is in second place in the Western Conference, five points behind MLS-leading Los Angeles and one ahead of third-place Seattle (11-5-9).

Both clubs are coming off impressive victories in CONCACAF group play this week. Dallas became the first MLS team ever to win in Mexico, defeating Pumas UNAM 1-0 on Wednesday.

The victory ended the league's 24-game winless streak on Mexican soil.

"The most important thing tonight was the attitude of the group," Marvin Chavez, who scored the lone goal, told MLSSoccer.com. "We hope to continue working in the same manner."

Dallas will try to do so in league play, in which it has two wins in its last seven games.

In its most recent MLS contest last Saturday, the club settled for a 2-all tie with Philadelphia. Both Union goals came on penalty kicks, including the tying score in the 84th minute.

Dallas plays three of its next five at home, where it is 8-2-3 and has a four-game unbeaten streak, during which it hasn't given up a goal. The club's run of 372 shutout minutes at home began in a 4-1 loss to Sporting KC on June 12.

Dallas has outscored opponents 18-8 at Pizza Hut Park, but its defense could suffer due to the suspension of George John, who was ejected last Saturday due to a yellow card violation. The defender is second on the team in minutes played and has two goals and one assist.

Seattle is unbeaten in four matches in August, two of them league games. After a scoreless draw with Chivas USA last Saturday, the Sounders defeated Comunicaciones of Guatemala 4-1 in CONCACAF action Tuesday.

"I thought we did a good job attacking," coach Sigi Schmid said. " ... I was pleased with our ability to finish our chances today."

Schmid's surging club is showing signs of improvement defensively, giving up one goal in its two league games this month after allowing eight in the final three games of July. The Sounders are 7-1-4 in their last 12 overall and 4-2-1 on the road.

Dallas won 1-0 at Seattle on May 25 on a Brek Shea goal in the 18th minute and four saves by Kevin Hartman.

Hartman can become the league's all-time leader in career games Saturday, passing Steve Ralston.

Dallas acquired midfielder/defender Jeremy Hall from Portland on Friday in exchange for midfielder Eric Alexander. Hall started 17 matches for the Timbers this season, recording three assists.

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