LINEUPS: The Sounders return to the lineup they used in Game 1, though there have been a few bench changes to give Brian Schmetzer more offensive options. Dallas’ biggest change brings in Bernard Kumongo on the right wing, effectively replacing the injured Alan Velasco.
The Seattle Sounders can clinch a spot in the Western Conference semifinals with a win tonight against FC Dallas, either in regulation or a shootout. If they do, it will be the sixth time they have advanced at least that much in Brian Schmetzer’s eight seasons.
It is likely that the Sounders will rely on a lineup similar to the one that won 2-0 in Game 1. After playing a bit, Schmetzer seems to have settled in the center of the field of Albert Rusnák, Josh Atencio and João Paulo and seems to prefer Jordan Morris as the 9.
The Sounders will also try to continue their impressive run where they have gone 3-0-3 in their last six games. That includes 1-1 in Dallas. The Sounders had a slightly different lineup for that game, with Reed Baker-Whiting starting in place of Nouhou; Obed Vargas for Josh Atencio; and Nicolás Lodeiro started at No. 10. That game also featured Jordan Morris starting in right center and Albert Rusnák in left, which turned out to be a mess. The game turned after switching sides.
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- Dallas hasn’t been very strong at home this year (7-3-7) but they don’t lose there very often. In fact, they have lost just three of their last 24 games at Toyota Stadium (12-3-9) since last season. They are 11-1-8 against Western Conference opponents at home since July 2022, including the League Cup.
- The Sounders have won just once in Dallas since late 2014, going 1-8-4 there since then. That includes an 0-2-1 record in the playoffs. The win was in 2021.
- The Sounders finished the regular season 3-0-3 in their first six games. That’s just shy of tying the team’s record for longest road undefeated streak.
- Dallas has used 34 different players in their 35 league games this year.
- With his goal in Game 1, Jordan Morris now has 10 playoff goals (7 goals, 3 assists), third on the team behind Nicolás Lodeiro (19) and Raúl Ruidíaz (15). Seattle is the second team in MLS history to have three players with at least 10 goals (LA Galaxy has five).
Absences: Injuries, international duty and suspensions
OUT: Reed Baker-Whiting (L Hamstring Strain)
OUT: Geovane Jesus (knee), Tarik Scott (knee), Alan Velasco (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: José Martínez (foot), Facundo Quignon (upper leg)
REF: Rosendo Mendoza; ARs: Logan Brown, Brooke Mayo; 4TH: Jon Freemon; VAR: Kevin Stott; AVAR: Kyle Atkins
How to watch
Match date/start time: Saturday, November 3, 6:09 PM PT
Location: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Global Streaming English: MLS Season Pass (Max Bretos and Brian Dunseth)
Global Broadcast Spanish: MLS Season Pass (Sergio Ruiz, Miguel Gallardo)
Home Radio: HeartMedia (Danny Jackson, Brad Evans and Michelle Ludtka-Furbush)
World Radio: SiriusXM FC 157
Spanish Local Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Is this game available to stream for free? No
Will Sounders radio be available as another feed? No
Highlights will be posted as the game progresses.
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