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FC Dallas seeks first win at Seattle in seven years
FC Dallas enters the weekend as the only team in the Western Conference with a winning record on the road.
That will be put to the test Sunday night in Seattle against one of the hottest teams in the league.
Dallas (12-4-6, 42 points) leads the conference but never has had much success at CenturyLink Field, going 1-1-8 with seven straight losses. They haven't won on the Sounders' home turf since 2011 and haven't scored there in regular-season play since 2014, being outscored 12-0 in their past three trips.
"Away games are very hard, especially in this league. It really tests the chemistry of the team. Everybody comes together and that's something that you just need to grind out a win," said forward Dominique Badji, who could make his Dallas debut Sunday. "It's not going to be pretty for sure, but I've seen this team play and we're very capable of pulling off a win up there."
Dallas is 5-3-2 on the road, its most wins away from home since 2011.
"On the road, we go out looking for wins, where in the past we might've gone out looking not to lose," FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele said. "We're going out actively trying to win games. Instead of sitting back, we're imposing ourself on teams and then after the first 15 minutes, if that doesn't work we might adjust. I think a lot of times we've found ourselves in good position by going out and attacking first."
Dallas is coming off its first home loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat to last-place San Jose.
"You can lose to the worst team in the league sometimes and that doesn't make us the worst team in the league. It happens," Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said. "We were sleeping and it kind of slapped us in the face twice to wake us up."
The host Sounders (8-9-5, 29 points) are unbeaten in their past seven matches (5-0-2) and are coming off a miraculous finish at Minnesota in which they scored twice in second-half stoppage time for a 2-1 victory.
Nicolas Lodeiro scored on a penalty kick in the first minute of overtime and Will Bruin chipped a shot over Minnesota United FC goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the sixth and final minute.
"It's a big game and everyone is pulling in the right direction because we are winning because everyone feels it, in the locker room after the game everyone felt that," Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. "That was a big win."
The Sounders hold an 11-6-6 lead in the all-time series with FC Dallas.
Dallas forward Santiago Mosquera (strained left hamstring) is listed as out for the match, and Seattle midfielders Victor Rodriguez (strained right hamstring) and Handwalla Bwana (sprained right foot) are questionable.
Updated August 10, 2018