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Sounders end work for Dallas; Hahnemann maybe

The main news out of training today was the new pecking order in terms of health among the goalkeepers, where suddenly Marcus Hahnemann seems readier than Michael Gspurning, although neither seems certainly ready yet.

"They’re doing better," coach Sigi Schmid said today. "Hahnemann trained yesterday full and today full. It’s a situation where it’s going to be a game-time decision as to whether we feel Marcus can start, whether we feel Marcus can be on the bench. Gspurning is a little bit behind him at this stage. So with Marcus, we’ll make a decision tomorrow."

More from Schmid:Game overview: Obviously it’s a big game because we want to continue to climb up in the standings, and we want to continue to win at home. So, getting three points at home is very important to our team. Having Eddie back is a plus for us going into this weekend’s game. And we’ve just got to continue to build upon what we did last week.

On the opponent: Dallas is a good team. They should be healthy at this stage because they only had the exhibition game last week, so they could determine who they wanted to play, rest some players, Blaz Perez rejoins them after having a good Gold Cup with Panama. He’s a dangerous person. They’re dangerous on their set pieces – which they showed the last time -- set pieces and corners, because they’ve got so many big guys they send forward. George John seems to be healthy for them, which helps them in the back, solidifies their back line a little big. (David) Ferreira is the guy who their game runs through, so we’ve got to be sure that we keep him at bay. And then they’ve got good pace with (Fabian) Castillo and Jackson. So they’ve got a lot of different weapons. When you play Dallas it’s usually an open game, because they like to go forward and they like to attack, and they leave themselves a little open sometimes in the back because of that. We’re a team that also likes to get forward. So it should be an exciting game for the fans.