Major League Soccer

Slumping FC Dallas aim to continue Sounders’ road woes

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FC Dallas looks to snap its six-match winless skid on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, who visit the Frisco, Texas, bidding to end a run of five straight road games without a victory.

Dallas (5-6-3, 18 points) has been outscored 10-4 during its 0-4-2 run since April 27, a stretch that was extended following its 2-1 setback at Vancouver last Saturday.

“The mentality in training can’t drop, and it can’t be at the back of our minds,” said forward Dominique Badji, who scored in the 85th minute for Dallas’ lone goal versus the Whitecaps.

“The mentality plays such a strong part, and if we take it easy during the week because we’re worried about getting injured, it has a trickle-down effect to the game.”

Although the results haven’t been favorable, Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez remains positive that the team will work itself out of its malaise.

“We want to take the performance we had in Vancouver and maintain it and grow it,” Gonzalez said.

Seattle (7-2-5, 26 points) is looking for an elusive victory on the road, where it fell to 0-2-3 in its past five matches away from home following a 3-2 setback at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Defender Kelvin Leerdam was named to the MLS Team of the Week bench for Week 13 after setting up forward Raul Ruidiaz’s goal in the 63rd minute against Kansas City before netting his own in the 71st.

Despite that outburst, the Sounders’ offensive attack will be short-handed on Saturday as play-making midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro serves a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation.

“That makes things a little more difficult with Nico being out,” midfielder Cristian Roldan said. “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.”

Lodeiro made his presence felt in the last meeting against Dallas, on Aug. 12, 2018. The 30-year-old scored on a free kick in the 63rd minute to help Seattle improve to 12-6-6 all-time in the series with a 2-1 win.

Former Sounders center back Chad Marshall, who retired last week, opened the scoring following a corner kick before Badji answered by redirecting Michael Barrios’ cross past Stefan Frei for Dallas’ lone tally.

–Field Level Media

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