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                === Surging Sounders host flailing FC Dallas ===
 Seattle,  WA  ( -  Two teams  heading in opposite directions
 will  square off  at CenturyLink  Field on  Wednesday as  Seattle Sounders  FC
 prepares to host FC Dallas.
 The  Sounders  are the in-form  team in MLS at  the moment, winning their last
 four  matches to  climb to the top  of the overall league table with 19 points
 from nine games.
 FC Dallas, meanwhile, has dropped two straight by a combined score of 5-1.
 The  club was forced to finish both of its most recent matches short-handed as
 Zach  Loyd was sent  off in its 4-1 loss at D.C. United while Je-Vaughn Watson
 was issued a straight red card in just the 10th minute of Sunday's 1-0 loss to
 Red Bull New York.
 Dallas  nearly managed to  take the lead early in the second half of its match
 against  New  York when Danny  Garcia, making his  MLS debut, earned a penalty
 kick, but Luis Robles denied Blas Perez on the ensuing attempt.
 Still, Garcia garnered rave reviews despite the club's defeat.
 "I  thought Danny  was fantastic,"  FCD  midfielder Andrew  Jacobson told  the
 club's  official  website. "We know  him because we  train with him every day.
 That  is what he does. That is what we expect out of him. That is his game. He
 was  not  playing above  himself.  That  is just  what  he  does. He  got  his
 opportunity and took it."
 Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja was full of praise for Garcia - and the rest of
 the team - for performing so admirably in such an adverse situation.
 "I  saw  a group  of  young  men that  were  battling  and playing  with  such
 personality,"  Pareja said after the match. "What Danny Garcia proved today in
 his first game playing against the New York Red Bulls was incredible."
 Dallas  will  face a stern test  against a surging Seattle team. The Sounders,
 who  will  enjoy a third  straight home match  on Wednesday, had their winning
 streak  tested  on  Saturday as  an  own  goal  from  Brad Evans  granted  the
 Philadelphia  Union a  first-half lead,  but Evans  ultimately made  amends by
 setting up Obafemi Martins for the winner six minutes from time.
 Sounders  head coach Sigi Schmid praised the versatility offered by Evans, who
 started the match on the right side of midfield before moving to the left side
 of defense to cover for Dylan Remick's injury.
 "I  thought  he did  well. That's  Brad's thing  is versatility," Schmid said.
 "That's part of what we need him to do."
 Seattle's  upcoming challenge  is managing a dense fixture list. Not only will
 the  club  host Dallas on Wednesday,  but it will  follow up that clash with a
 cross-country  trip to  Gillette Stadium to face the New England Revolution on
 That  may force  Schmid to  rotate the  squad, something  that could  test the
 club's winning run.
 05/06 15:56:04 ET

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