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West foes clash as Sounders host FCD at CenturyLink

Jun 12, 2015 - 8:23 PM Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of fierce Western Conference rivals will clash on Saturday as FC Dallas travels to CenturyLink field to battle Seattle Sounders FC.

Seattle enters the clash at the top of the Western Conference standings, but will need to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park last week.

Last time the clubs met it finished scoreless, and it appeared to be headed in that direction again, but the home side found the breakthrough six minutes from time when Dominic Dwyer got in behind the Seattle defense and was chopped down in the box by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Feilhaber, the American international, stepped to the spot and calmly slotted it past Frei.

Seattle pushed forward as the fourth official's board showed four minutes of added time, but the Sporting defense held firm to claim an important three points.

"We're disappointed. I thought we deserved to get something out of the game tonight. I don't know if we deserved a win, but we deserved at least a tie," said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid. "I'm proud of my team. I thought we did a good job, considering we were missing a lot of players. We had some really good looks, some really good chances. We bent a little bit in the back, but we were OK."

"Certainly, the guys are frustrated. We'll look back on it and look at the positives. Obviously we had a lot of key players missing, and guys had to play in unfamiliar positions and put in a real shift against a very good team," added defender Andy Rose. "I feel like we had some good chances in the first half. And they didn't have too many big opportunities, so we defended well. I'm pretty proud of that."

FC Dallas, meanwhile, will try to extend their modest unbeaten streak to two games following a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes last Sunday.

Both teams created great chances in the first 45 minutes. In the 20th minute Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios fired a shot from the center of the box, but 'Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham denied Barrios his first goal in MLS.

Chris Wondolowski, looking for his 101st goal, fired a right-footed shot from the right side of the box but Dallas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy kept the game scoreless in the 33rd minute.

Referee Baldomero Toledo handed out three red cards in the second half.

The first of which occurred in the 53rd minute when San Jose's Mark Sherrod was sent off for an incident with Kennedy. Je-Vaughn Watson received his marching orders for a tackle in the 75th minute and the third came in the 87th minute when San Jose's J.J. Koval was dismissed for a tough tackle.

In the 84th minute Wondolowski had best chance of the second half when he found himself alone in front of the net but his header just missed the right corner.

"Dan and his play specifically in San Jose kept us in the game. That was a highlight for us defensively," FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. "We accomplished our goal which was just keep [a] clean [sheet]."