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Saturday comes: Dempsey maybe, but Dallas for sure

It's gameday ... and perhaps also the day that the Sounders announce what would be one of the biggest player acquisitions in MLS history.

Here's our Saturday story on the still unofficial pursuit of Clint Dempsey as new Sounders DP.

Here's our preview of the Sounders' match with FC Dallas.

And below, some basics on the match:

logodallas-22FC DALLAS (8-5-8; 32 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (8-7-4; 28 POINTS)7:30 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 5-1-4 overall and 3-1-1 in Seattle, including a 4-2 win on May 18. The clubs will meet again Oct. 19 in Frisco, Texas. NOTES: Seattle is looking to extend its club-record home unbeaten streak to nine games. The Hoops are 1-4-5 on the road. … Dallas and Seattle are sixth and seventh respectively in the MLS Western Conference, where the first five finishers qualify for the playoffs. The Hoops are on an eight-game winless streak (0-3-5). … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid called the availability of goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (hamstring) a game-time decision. If he is unable to go, Andrew Weber would likely make his fourth straight appearance, since No. 1 keeper Michael Gspurning (forearm) was injured July 13 at San Jose. … Blas Perez leads Dallas with six goals, David Ferreira leads with six assists. Defender George John, who attended the University of Washington, leads the team with a plus-8 goals rating. … Dallas forward Eric Hassli is out, serving a one-game suspension for violent conduct. … Seattle forward Eddie Johnson is back from national team duty, and defender DeAndre Yedlin is back from All-Star duty. … Dallas leads MLS in fouls suffered. … Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is a yellow card away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Edvin Jurisevic.QUOTABLE: “They’re dangerous on their … set pieces and corners, because they’ve got so many big guys they send forward. … 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.” – Schmid on FC DallasNEXT: The Sounders meet Toronto FC at 4 p.m. Aug. 10.