FRISCO - As FC Dallas heads to the Pacific Northwest for the first of three road games against Cascadia foes, they’ll be looking to carry on their current road form and prove that Saturday’s match against San Jose was just a blip on the radar.
“You can lose to the worst team in the league sometimes and that doesn’t make us the worst team in the league. It happens,” defender Reggie Cannon said of last week’s home loss. “We were sleeping and it kind of slapped us in the face twice to wake us up.”
“Sometimes you just lose games. We did play poorly. We did lose the game, but that’s not a trend of a bigger thing to come or a cycle that we’re a part of,” Tesho Akindele added. “We’re a good team and we’ve been playing well. I think that’s the cycle, that’s the trend that people should focus on instead of one bad game and it’s going to go downhill. That’s not what’s going to happen.”
Already with five road wins to their name - equaling their highest mark since 2011 - and having broken a seven-year winless streak in Kansas City two weeks ago, FCD will set out with the same objective in Seattle. To say CenturyLink Field hasn’t been kind to FCD would be an understatement. The visitors have not won since 2011 and haven’t scored a goal in regular season play since 2014, being outscored 12-0 in their last three trips.
Akindele says playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder has been the key to the club’s 2018 success away from Toyota Stadium, something they’ll take with them this weekend.
“On the road, we go out looking for wins, where in the past we might’ve gone out looking not to lose,” he said. “We’re going out actively trying to win games. Instead of sitting back, we’re imposing ourself on teams and then after the first 15 minutes, if that doesn’t work we might adjust. I think a lot of times we’ve found ourselves in good position by going out and attacking first.”
Getting out on the right foot early is even more important against a red-hot Sounders side that has rattled off four straight wins and seven straight unbeaten, bringing them back to life in the Western Conference playoff hunt.
“Away games are very hard, especially in this league. It really tests the chemistry of the team. Everybody comes together and that’s something that you just need to grind out a win,” said forward Dominique Badji, who could make his FCD debut on Sunday. “It’s not going to be pretty for sure, but I’ve seen this team play and we’re very capable of pulling off a win up there.”