Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The Seattle Sounders will aim to extend their
unbeaten streak in league play to six consecutive matches when the Rave Green
host FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders are 3-0-2 in their last five and enter Saturday's Western
Conference tilt coming off their best performance of the season in a 4-0
thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes at home.
The Sounders opened the scoring through Seattle native Lamar Neagle in the
28th minute and Mauro Rosales made it 2-0 to Seattle in first-half stoppage
time with a brilliantly-struck free kick.
Neagle collected his second of the day in the 54th minute when he brought down
a long pass from Servando Carrasco on the right side of the box and ripped it
past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch to make it 3-0.
Sounders Designated Player Obafemi Martins scored his second goal in a Seattle
kit in stoppage time to give the hosts their first win on home soil this
"It's been a while for us. I was proud of what our team did on the field,"
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. "As a coach, you're never completely
happy. I think from a standpoint of scoring goals, creating chances and also
playing good defense, in terms of league, this was probably our most complete
For Neagle, it was his second-career multiple-goal game and his first since he
bagged a hat trick on Aug. 27, 2011 vs. Columbus in his first stint with the
"He's finding his confidence," said Schmid. "He's always been. I've said it
before, he's one of those guys that's a gamer. Sometimes at practice, you sort
of scratch your head and you say, 'What's going on?' But then once he gets the
opportunity in the games and he performs well, it's his game performances
that'll keep getting him on the field."
FC Dallas, meanwhile, come into Saturday's match riding a lengthy unbeaten run
of their own, which stands at nine straight without a loss after the league
leaders handled struggling D.C. United, 2-1, last weekend at FC Dallas
FCD took the lead after just 11 minutes when Eric Hassli, who got his first
start up top next to Blas Perez, had time to find Jackson all alone on the
left side of the box, and he blasted a high, hard shot past United goalkeeper
Joe Willis, but United pulled level just before the halftime whistle as the
club used a quick restart to their advantage and Dwayne De Rosario beat Chris
Seitz low to the right corner.
"You've got two very intelligent players, two very skillful players and two
very good finishers, so I think they complement each other," said FC Dallas
head coach Schellas Hyndman. "The thing is, everything you do, you have to be
prepared to give something up. So if the two of them are out on the field
together, then you have to give something up and normally you'd give something
up in the midfield."
In nine all-time meetings between the clubs, Seattle holds a 4-1-4 advantage
and a 2-0-1 mark against FC Dallas in three meetings last season.
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