The Sounders return to training this morning, beginning preparations for their Saturday match at 4-0-1 FC Dallas. I should be back with some updates after that session. For now, here are some weekly notes from the club:
Coming off a remarkable comeback road draw, Seattle Sounders FC continues its three-game road trip with a visit to the league-leading FC Dallas on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex.
Saturday's match will be televised on JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10) with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. The match will also be televised live in Spanish on THIS-TV (KOMO2) with Jaime Mendez and Diego Arrioja on the call, and Spanish radio is available on ESPN Deportes 1490 AM with Rene Aleman and Noe Menendez.
Sounders FC (2-2-1, 7 points) is currently tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place in the Western Conference and remains unbeaten (1-0-1) on the road this season. In one of the most memorable matches in club history, Sounders FC twice fell behind but continued to battle back against the Timbers, ultimately tying the match in the 87th minute. Clint Dempsey led the charge with his first-career hat trick, which included two goals in the final five minutes, to earn MLS Player of the Week honors and the top spot in the Golden Boot race.
Forward Kenny Cooper added his second goal of the season and Obafemi Martins recorded his league-leading fourth assist. Cooper, Dempsey and Martins will all look to extend their scoring streaks on Saturday at Dallas.
Saturday's match features the two hottest offenses in MLS as Dallas (13 goals) and Seattle (9) lead the league in scoring. Both sides exploded for four goals in rivalry games last weekend and have scored at least one goal in all five games this season.
FC Dallas (4-0-1, 13 points) sits atop the Supporters' Shield standings as one of two remaining unbeaten teams. Dallas scored three second-half goals over a nine-minute span against the Houston Dynamo last Saturday to secure a 4-1 victory, marking the team's third-straight win.
Sounders FC holds the advantage at 6-2-4 in the all-time series, winning both home matches last season before dropping the final meeting on the road. The two sides will meet again on May 7 at CenturyLink Field with the final meeting of the season on September 24 at Toyota Stadium.
Following Saturday's match, Sounders FC will conclude its three-game road trip at Chivas USA on April 19. The team will then return to Seattle for three-straight home games, beginning April 26 against the Colorado Rapids.