The Seattle Sounders look to match the franchise record of five consecutive victories as they head to Dallas to face Dallas FC tonight.
The Sounders are trying to build on their strong start to climb from their third place position in the Western Conference Standings. Working with a busy schedule that included three games in a week, and had the team last traveling to Philadelphia, Seattle has been able to rely on its strong defense to generate wins.
Despite the recent loss of starting goalie Michael Gspurning (hip injury) has not left head coach Sigi Schmid worried. His rotation of seven defenders has allowed the Sounders to outscore opponents 6-1 over their winning streak, and has led to five shutouts. Back up goalie Bryan Meredith will be suiting up against Dallas tonight. The young 22 year-old was hesitant to take any credit in the first start of his MLS career. Instead, Meredith, like Schmid credited the back four as being the reason for the shutout against the Philadelphia Union.
One of the areas of improvement for the Seattle Sounders is still its offensive power. Head Coach Sigi Schmid and the loyal Seattle fans are counting on the health of midfielder Mauro Rosales, and, perhaps a little luck to generate more goals. Schimid shared on team’s official website that, against Philadelphia, ”[the Sounders] had chances to get more than one goal and [they] were a bit unlucky”.
As the team travels to Dallas, righting the proverbial ship against the struggling FC Dallas team (3-4-3) seems to be on everybody’s mind, including their own head coach. Sharing on their own team’s official website, coach Schellas Hyndman stated that “[they] won’t be putting [their] best team on field because of red cards and injuries.” It seems like the perfect opportunity for the Sounders to achieve their 5th consecutive victory, test their young goalie and work on scoring more goals.
The Sounders will need to put their best foot forward when they return to CenturyLink Field to play Real Salt Lake in a Western Conference battle of powerhouses.