As part of my state-of-the-Sounders midseason interview, I asked general manager Adrian Hanauer why fans can believe the second half might be better.
"Getting our injured players back is certainly going to help," he said. "You saw the group Wednesday night, the energy they put in, the outstanding performances by a number of players: by Montano, Seamon, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl did well, Roger Levesque did well, Sanna Nyassi. There were some very good performances, and those guys are going to earn minutes and that’s going to make us better, as well and provide energy that I think we’ve been missing."
It will be fascinating to see how many of those players show up in the Sounders' starting 11 today, or who come on in key reserve roles.
Here's a quick scouting report:
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FC DALLAS (5-2-6; 21 pts.)SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-8-3; 15 pts.)7:30 p.m., Qwest Field.TV: KING 5.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle is 1-0-2 vs. the Hoops. The clubs played to a 2-2 draw April 22 at Dallas.TEAM LEADERS: For Dallas – G 4, Jeff Cunningham; A 4, David Ferreira; S 36, Cunningham; SOG 15, Cunningham; GAA 0.67, Kevin Hartman. For Seattle – G 5 Fredy Montero; A 5 Montero; S 38, Montero; SOG 13, Montero; GAA 1.52, Kasey Keller.SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “They have stayed pretty consistent in their lineup. They haven’t started Cunningham the last couple of games: They have played (Atiba) Harris up front. They have stayed true to their 4-3-3, and we will be ready for it.”NOTES: Sounders designated player Freddie Ljungberg will miss the game due to an ankle injury. Also out are Brad Evans, Michael Fucito and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. However, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso could return after missing seven games with a quadriceps strain. … Seattle has lost three straight league games, five of its last six, has allowed three goals in three straight games, and is 0-4-2 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas has won three straight. … If Tyrone Marshall is cautioned today he will be suspended from the next game due to yellow-card accumulation. … Cunningham is second behind Jamie Moreno on the MLS career goals list (125). Ferreira has goals in back-to-back games and has a goal or assist in four straight. … Dallas midfielder George John is a Shoreline native who played for the University of Washington. … This will be the Sounders’ 25th consecutive home sellout. Those attending are reminded there also is expected to be a large crowd at nearby Safeco Field, where the Mariners play the New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m. … The referee is Edvin Jurisevic.NEXT: 5 p.m. Thursday, at D.C. United.