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FC Dallas is likely to be Sounders’ biggest obstacle to advancement.

MLS: MLS Cup Playoffs-Round One-FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA今天的运动

Looking around at the other MLS is Back Tournament groups, the西雅图探测器’ Group B feels pretty manageable.FC Dallasis the only other team who made the playoffs last year — where they lost in an epic overtime affair with the Sounders. Here’s what we know about Seattle’s opponents:

FC Dallas

2019 finish: 13-12-9, seventh in West, eliminated in Western Conference quarterfinals

2020 start:1-0-1,西部第四

What to expect:达拉斯进入本赛季,作为一个时尚的选择,在一个上下季节后,在联盟中最年轻的名单上的上下赛季之后就迈出了重要的一步。由于退伍军人弥补了大部分辩护,并且一对退伍军人在前锋的大部分时间都应该得到大部分时间。Paxton Pomykal., 20, is probably the player expected to make the biggest leap, but actually came off the bench in each of the first two games this year in favor of fellow youngsters Jesus Ferreira and Tanner Tessman. It should be said Pomykal did score in one of those games.

Dalla了一项引人注目的新功能s will potentially have in the tournament is Franco Jara. The 31-year-old forward has been one of Liga MX’s most prolific scorers over the past five seasons, but his availability is still somewhat in question (update: he’s officially joined the team). He signed a pre-contract over the offseason that was expected to make him eligible in the summertransfer window, but FIFA has not yet clarified how that will work. He has apparently been training in Frisco, but separate from the team.

The other big question surrounding the team is the availability of goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. Domestic violence charges have been brought against the 25-year-old and he’ll be suspended at least through the investigation, if not longer.


2019 finish: 13-16-5, 8th in West

2020 start: 0-1-1, 11th in West

What to expect: The Earthquakes were one of the big surprises in 2019 after making very few changes to a roster that was one of the worst in the league a year earlier. Head coach Matias Almeyda managed to work some magic with his famed man-to-man defending and nearly guided San Jose to the playoffs.


To make matters worse, the Earthquakes were among the last teams to be cleared for individual training and have not begun full team training.

Vancouver Whitecaps

2019 finish: 8-16-10, 12日在西

2020 start: 1-1-0, 7th in West

What to expect: Marc Dos Santos turned over most of the roster in 2019 and the growing pains were obvious. The Whitecaps struggled almost end-to-end and finished last in the conference.

Things seemed to pick up where they left off in 2020, as Vancouver was dismantled 3-1 by Sporting KC in their opener. But they bounced back with a 1-0 road win over theLa Galaxy.在第2周。

The big addition over the offseason was Canadian international Lucas Cavallini, who the Whitecaps signed on a reported transfer fee of $6 million. That has effectively relegated Fredy Montero to coming off the bench, which probably isn’t the most efficient use of a Designated Player spot.