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Sounders return to work for weekend at Dallas

After a couple of off days, the Sounders return to training today, preparing for their Saturday match at Dallas.

I'll have some updates after today's session. Until then, here's a look ahead from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC travels to Texas for the final road match of the regular season on Saturday afternoon against FC Dallas. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. PT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Saturday's match will be on network television as NBC will carry the game nationally with John Strong and Robbie Earle calling the action. The match will also be available on 97.3 FM with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can be heard in Spanish on La Gran D 99.3 FM.

Sounders FC (15-11-6, 51 points) can clinch a berth in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win on Saturday at Dallas. Seattle could also qualify with a draw and several favorable results from Western Conference opponents. Sounders FC would qualify regardless of its result if the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids both win.

Sounders FC has qualified for the playoffs on the road each of the past four seasons, and could become the second expansion team in league history to reach the postseason in each of its first five seasons.

Sitting third in the West and fifth in the race for the Supporters' Shield, Sounders FC looks to rebound from its first three-game losing streak since 2010. Seattle is still tied for the league lead with 15 wins - the first tiebreaker for playoff seeding.

Riding a six-game (5-0-1) unbeaten run against Dallas, Sounders FC will visit Toyota Stadium for the first time since September 2, 2012. Seattle won the previous two meetings this season at CenturyLink Field, 4-2 on May 18 and 3-0 on August 3.

With just two wins in its past 19 outings, FC Dallas (10-11-11, 41 points) was eliminated from playoff contention last Saturday. Having lost four of its past five games, Dallas will draw from its strong home form where the team has earned 29 of its 41 points this season.

Following Saturday's match, Sounders FC will return home for the regular season finale against the LA Galaxy on October 27. CenturyLink Field will be opened to the full seated manifest for the fourth time this season.

Tickets to Sounders FC home matches are available through SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, the CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

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