SEATTLE - FC Dallas makes its lone trip to CenturyLink Field tonight as they look to bounce back against a red-hot Sounders FC, winners of four straight matches. It’s a familiar look from Oscar Pareja tonight with a few new faces.
After his first full week of training since being acquired from Colorado, Dominique Badji will make his FC Dallas debut tonight in Seattle. The striker will occupy the same role Michael Barrios has held atop the formation in the last two weeks, looking to use his own speed and size to strike in transition for his new club. With seven goals in 15 games for the Rapids prior to the trade, Badji hopes to open his FCD campaign in a place Dallas has scored just once in regular season play in their last five visits.
For the third straight match, Dallas will come out in a 4-4-1-1 look with Maxi Urruti occupying space underneath a center forward. Barrios will move back out to his familiar right wing role, with Roland Lamah on the left. Carlos Gruezo and Victor Ulloa will try to combat a Seattle front that likes to occupy space in the middle, while the same back four of Marquinhos Pedroso, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges and Reggie Cannon get their third straight run out together.
Badji isn’t the only midseason addition who could see action for the first time tonight. Pablo Aránguiz will make his first 18-man roster in Seattle and Pareja has said he would like to get him involved in the team sooner rather than later. After a strong week of training, the Dallas head man contemplated starting the 21-year-old, but will opt to try to bring him on late depending on how the game unfolds.