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Saturday comes: Sounders at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.

Game day. And even though Dallas is off to an awful start -- especially because Dallas is off to an awful start -- it's a big game for the Sounders. After a pair of draws, they need three points -- even on the road.

Here's a game preview from the Dallas Morning News, focusing largely on how bad the Hoops have been.

And here's my story from this morning's paper, also focusing on how bad the Hoops have been ... and why they might still be dangerous.

And one of those reasons could be weather. Here's a report.

Unless news breaks, my next post will be from the press box of Pizza Hut Park.

Meanwhile, a quick scouting report:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-2, 14 pts)

AT FC DALLAS (1-6-1; 4 pts)

5:30 p.m., Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas.

KONG 6/16.

Radio: 97.3 FM, and in Spanish on 1210 AM.

Head to head: This is the first meeting. FC Dallas visits Seattle on Oct. 24.

Stats: For Seattle: G 3 Fredy Montero; A 3 three players tied; Sh 18 Montero; SOG 6 Montero. For Dallas, G: 4 Kenny Cooper; A: 2 Dave van den Bergh; Sh: 31 Cooper; SOG 19 Cooper.

Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: "With Kenny Cooper there is a good, strong, big center forward. Right now they are playing (Jeff) Cunningham up with him, who is an experienced goal-scorer in this league. They have a play-maker in (David) Ferreira, who is quick and fast and good off the dribble. Dax McCarty is a good passer of the ball. It gets them a lot of good options in terms of going forward. Defensively, they are a little bit younger … but they have good size in the back for sure.

Notes: Seattle is without half of its starting defenders: Nathan Sturgis (hamstring) and James Riley (red-card suspension). …Dallas has allowed the second-most goals (15) in MLS and has scored the second-fewest (7). The minus-eight goal differential is tied for worst in the league. … Dallas has played three straight road games, all losses. FCD's lone victory came in its last home game, 3-2, over Toronto on April 19. … Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman made three changes to his lineup last week, and Schmid said the team is difficult to prepare for because he expects more changes may be made. … Cooper leads MLS in shots and shots on goal. He has scored four of Dallas' seven goals this season. … Dallas rookie George John was born in Shoreline and played at the University of Washington. … Dallas is an MLS charter member, which began its history as the Dallas Burn. The team is now sometimes called the Hoops because of the horizontal stripes around their jerseys.

Next: Colorado Rapids, 6:30 p.m. May 23, Dick's Sporting Good Park, Commerce City, Colo.; KONG 6/16.