The Seattle Sounders are off to the best start in their four-year history, recently overcoming a packed schedule and the loss of their starting goalkeeper.
The depth of their defense has helped in both situations.
Seattle looks to match a franchise record with its fifth consecutive victory when it visits struggling FC Dallas on Wednesday.
The Sounders (6-1-1) will be playing their fourth game in 12 days, then they’ll return home for a Western Conference showdown with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
As if the recent struggles weren’t enough, Dallas went down two men in the first half when Daniel Hernandez got his second yellow card in the 34th minute before Blas Perez was given a red card for what the referee deemed a reckless play in the 36th minute.
Each will serve a one-game suspension Wednesday for a Dallas team that’s allowed 14 goals – tied with Los Angeles for most in the West.
“We won’t be putting our best team on the field because of the red cards and the injuries,” coach Schellas Hyndman told the team’s official website. “But I know I have a lot of guys in the locker room looking for an opportunity, and so they’ll be given that opportunity.”
Seattle is 1-0-2 all-time at Dallas, winning 1-0 in the most recent meeting Aug. 20 when Montero assisted on Rosales’ goal in the 16th minute.