Sounders-FC Dallas Preview
FC Dallas is doing its collective best to remain positive during the club's longest winless stretch in two seasons.
Dallas aims to keep that winless rut from reaching seven straight games Saturday night against the visiting Seattle Sounders, who have not won on the road since mid-March or within the Metroplex in more than five years.
The season kicked off in solid fashion for Dallas (5-6-3), going 5-2-1 before its current 0-4-2 stretch. FCD has been outscored 10-4 during that winless span and in danger of going four consecutive home matches without a victory for the first time in two seasons.
Mired in its longest winless slide since going 0-6-4 during the 2017 season, FCD's most recent setback came on the road, 2-1 at Vancouver last weekend. Dallas trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes and didn't tally its lone goal until Dominique Badji converted in the 85th minute.
"We have to really be focused on what we control," coach Luchi Gonzalez told Dallas' official website. "It's work. It's our training, it's video. It's believing and hoping. And it's (on the staff) having the boys in an environment where they are competing. We can't relax, either. … It's not going to come on its own."
Though Dallas has struggled of late, it is 6-0-3 at home against Seattle since a 3-2 loss there April 12, 2014. However, Gonzalez knows the past doesn't always mean much and the Sounders (7-2-5) will be eager to get on the pitch after playing Philadelphia to a scoreless draw and losing 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City in the first half of a four-game road stretch that will lead right into the CONCACAF Gold Cup break.
"That's a very good team," Gonzalez said. "They pose danger.
"They are going to be coming here hungry for points."
Seattle also is looking to end an 0-2-3 stretch on the road that followed a 4-2 win at Chicago on March 16, in its first 2019 game away from home. It has not gone six straight road matched without a victory since 2015.
The Sounders showed some late fight by making things interesting after falling behind 2-0 at Kansas City. Raul Ruidiaz pulled one back in the 63rd minute, and after SKC made it 3-1, Seattle again got within one on Kelvin Leerdam's goal in the 71st.
However, the Sounders could again find themselves in for a serious challenge with key midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (two goals, eight assists) out for this match due to yellow card-accumulation.
"That makes things a little more difficult with Nico being out," midfielder Cristian Roldan told the Sounders' official website. "We have a tough stretch. Four road games in a row is always difficult and we're going into Dallas, (which) has struggled a little bit. They're an eager team that wants to get a result.
"Not having Nico is going to be tough."
Updated May 30, 2019