Dallas visits the Sounders at 6 this evening in a game nationally televised on ESPN. A few basics:
FC DALLAS (9-12-11; 38 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (14-7-11; 53 POINTS)6 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Dallas: G 8, Blas Perez; A 7, David Ferreira and Jackson; S 55, Brek Shea; SOG 22, Perez; GAA 1.32, Kevin Hartman. For Seattle: G 14, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 115, Fredy Montero; SOG 43, Montero; GAA 0.70, Michael Gspurning.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 3-1-4 overall, but the series is even at 1-1-1 in Seattle. In earlier meetings this season Seattle won 2-0 on May 9, and the clubs played to a 1-1 draw Sept. 2. Both of those were played in Frisco, Texas.NOTES: Seattle coach Sigi Schmid will miss the game while serving a one-game suspension for criticism of the referee after the Sounders’ scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Top assistant Brian Schmetzer will assume Schmid’s duties today. … Both teams have a stake in the Portland-at-Vancouver match today, which should conclude just before kickoff. A Whitecaps win would eliminate Dallas from playoff contention, while a win or draw would clinch the Cascadia Cup for Seattle. … Seattle and Dallas are both 1-1-3 over their last five games. … Seventeen players have scored for the Hoops, most in MLS. … Dallas leads MLS in fouls suffered. Seattle is fourth. … Jackson, Shea and defender George John of Shoreline are listed as questionable. … Seattle’s Zach Scott and Dallas’ Julian de Guzman are out due to disciplinary suspension. Montero and John are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo. … The Sounders will celebrate fan-appreciation day with prize giveaways. … A pink game ball will be used to promote breast cancer awareness.QUOTABLE: “Sigi, I know what he wants, I know what he’s all about. That’s just making sure nothing major goes wrong. … We’ve been here three and a half years. I know what he needs, I know what he wants. I’ve got a good feel for him.” – Schmetzer, on filling in for SchmidNEXT: The Sounders conclude CONCACAF Champions League group play Wednesday, when Marathon of Honduras visits CenturyLink. Seattle ends its MLS regular season Sept. 28 at Los Angeles.