The Sounders have scored a single goal in each of their last four games, while Dallas comes in with a four-game shutout streak that has reached 399 scoreless minutes.
I asked coach Sigi Schmid about that after training today:
"Goals have been pretty rare in our league this year," he said. "It’s not a trend here, it’s a trend within the league. Last week we played a team (Kansas City) that averages the most goals per game but they’re also in last place. The trend in our league is definitely not an upward scoring trend right now. Some of that is because of the injuries to some key players that has occurred. Some is of that is just expansion, in and of itself leading to maybe a little less cohesion on all the teams, further expansion of talent being spread out among more teams. Those are all things that are there.
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"I think in Dallas’s case, they lost as key player as well in (David) Ferreira, and so they are adjusting and so they’ve really concentrated on themselves defensively. And they’ve played four out of their last five at home. So for them to put a string of shutouts together has been good – it’s something that they’ve wanted to achieve.
"For us right now, we want to score more than one goal a game. One goal a game is not enough for us. But on the say token, those goals come from different areas: They come from the run of play, they come from free kicks, they come from crossing situations, they come from shots from distance. We haven’t had any of those, maybe we get a shot from distance in this game. Those are all things that we’re looking for. But we’re looking for different ways to score and to score more than one goal a game."