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Sounders return to league play at Dallas

The Sounders had an off day today, but they return to training tomorrow before flying out for their Saturday MLS match at Dallas.

Here's a quick look ahead from the club:

A difficult road journey begins in Texas on Saturday night at 6 p.m. PT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. Sounders FC (11-5-9, 42 points) and FC Dallas (12-6-7, 43 points) have been dueling for second place in the West and MLS entirely for more than two months, and still only a single point separates them. KONG 6/16 and THIS-TV will air the match live.

Seattle and Dallas are the only two MLS teams alive in three competitions and both are in solid form. Sounders FC has lost only once in the last 12 outings (7-1-4) following a scoreless home draw with Chivas USA. They own a record of 5-3-5 on the road this season, going 4-1-3 since early May.

The Hoops surged up the table following a slow start but have won only once in their last four starts. They are 8-2-3 at home, allowing just eight goals, and this is their only home league game between August 1 and September 17.

MLS Cup runner-up in 2010, Dallas also plays a midweek Champions League match, traveling to Mexico City on Wednesday to meet Pumas. The Hoops' series with Seattle has featured three draws in five meetings and was leveled in the spring when Dallas won away, 1-nil. Each of the two previous games played in Frisco have ended tied.

With 10 goals, U.S. international forward Brek Shea is third in the Golden Boot race while keeper Kevin Hartman leads MLS with 12 shutouts and was the Player of the Month for July. Dallas finished shorthanded in a 2-2 away draw at Philadelphia last week as University of Washington product George John was issued a red card.

Saturday is the first of two meetings with FC Dallas in a span of 10 days. They play again in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal on August 30 at sold-out Starfire Sports Stadium.

Arlo White will call both Tuesday and Saturday's games on 97.3 KIRO FM and Saturday's match will also be broadcast on La Gran D 99.3 FM.