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Saturday comes: Sounders at FC Dallas

LogoDallasThe top two goal-scoring teams in MLS meet tonight in Texas. Here's our preview from today's News Tribune. Below, a few basics on today's match:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2-2-1; 7 POINTS)AT FC DALLAS (4-0-1; 13 POINTS)5:30 p.m., Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 6-2-4 in all regular-season meetings and 2-1-3 at Dallas. The teams meet again May 7 at Seattle and conclude the season series Sept. 24 back in Frisco. NOTES: Dallas is the early Supporters Shield leader and one of two unbeaten teams (along with Real Salt Lake) remaining in MLS. … This is FCD’s best five-game start in club history. … Dallas leads MLS with 13 goals, but has taken the second-fewest shots (46) and the fewest corner kicks (nine). Eight Dallas goals have come in the final 30 minutes. … Five Dallas players have scored multiple goals. … Seattle is second in MLS with nine goals. … Neither team has been shutout this season, and both are coming off of four-goal performances last weekend. … Dallas defender George John, who played at the University of Washington, is questionable with a knee injury. Seattle midfielder Brad Evans (calf) is doubtful. … Dallas is 3-0-0 at home. The Sounders are 1-0-1 on the road. … Dallas set a club record average home attendance of 15,373 last season and is averaging 16,540 this season. … The referee is Juan Guzman.QUOTABLE: “(Coach Oscar Pareja) brought over Hendry Thomas, who has helped solidify them defensively and in midfield. (Mauro) Diaz came in at midseason (2013 and) now has obviously found his legs about him and played very well for them. They’ve got good speed on the flanks.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on FC DallasNEXT: The Sounders conclude this three-game road trip April 19 at Chivas USA.

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