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Saturday comes: Dallas-Sounders at 5:30 PT

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-1-0; 3 POINTS) AT FC DALLAS (3-0-0; 9 POINTS)5:30 p.m., Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 8-3-4 in all regular-season meetings and 3-2-3 at Dallas. The Sounders took the 2014 regular-season series 2-1 and eliminated Dallas in the 2014 Western Conference semifinals on its away goal. The teams will meet again June 13 in Seattle.NOTES: Dallas is early MLS points leader and the only team to get maximum points from each match. This is the first time the Hoops have opened with three straight wins since 1998. … Seattle will be without midfielder Marco Pappa, who is away with the Guatemala national team. Meanwhile, international duty will force Dallas to play without Blas Perez (Panama), Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica), Kyle Bekker (Canada) and Moises Hernandez (Guatemala). … Seattle goals leader Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and All-Star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) also are out. Defenders Chad Marshall (back) and Tyrone Mears (hamstring) are questionable. … Dallas leads MLS with six goals – all coming in the run of play. … Seattle has five goals: three by Dempsey and two by Obefemi Martins. … Seattle is 2-2-2 in road openers. … The Sounders are seeking a new Spanish-language radio partner after ESPN Deportes announced Friday that it would cease operations. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTE: “They have a lot of weapons, a lot of pace. Very good on free kicks and set pieces. And obviously now their confidence is high. We’re going to have to bring our A-game.” – Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei

NEXT: The Houston Dynamo visits CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m. Saturday (April 4).