Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - FC Dallas is sure glad the month of July is
In four games during the month, Dallas failed to register a goal and picked up
just two points from a possible 12, dropping the team down the Western
Conference table into a tie for fifth place.
A trip to CenturyLink Field to face Seattle Sounders FC is not an easy game,
but Dallas is simply focused on turning the page and beginning a new run of
success after a two-week break from league play.
"I think it was kind of the end of a section of the season," said midfielder
Andrew Jacobson about the two-week break from MLS play. "Now, we're ready for
the next section. We know this is where it matters. We've played to this
point, we're right in the mix, and this is where we want to be. Obviously, we
want to be higher up, but we gave ourselves a chance and now we're going into
the last section of the season and now we've got to turn it on."
Dallas will be hoping to snap an eight-game winless run to improve its playoff
hopes, while Seattle attempts to close the four-point gap on Dallas in the
race for the final playoff spot.
Seattle had offensive problems of its own during the month of July as the team
netted five goals in five games and was blanked in back-to-back contests by
Vancouver and San Jose.
Forward Eddie Johnson will be back from Gold Cup duty with the United States
to help the Sounders attack, but the club also got a good sign in its 2-1 win
over Chivas as playmaking midfielder Mauro Rosales assisted on the winning
Rosales is a key component in the Seattle offensive setup, but he went eight
games and over 600 minutes without scoring a goal or recording an assist prior
to the Chivas match.
"Obviously he always wants to be involved in goals and assists and it's good
for him to get an assist today and get off that mark," Sounders head coach
Sigi Schmid said following the win. "But I thought he got us into some good
positions. He laid some good balls off. He made some final passes for us
today, and that was important."
The Sounders will play three of their next four games on road, where they have
lost six times in 10 games, meaning that Seattle must take advantage of
Saturday's match at CenturyLink.
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