Tyrone Marshall

Size Up Seattle Before TFC Clash

As Toronto prepares to take on Seattle at BMO Field on Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. (live on CBC, The FAN590 and Matchday Blog on TorontoFC.ca), TFC players and supporters can size up Seattle Thursday night (April 22, 8:00 p.m.) on GOL TV Canada.

Before the Sounders head north, FC Dallas awaits them in Frisco, Texas in a Western Conference clash. Seattle is tied for the second most points in the west with seven from four games. However, an inferior goal difference to Colorado and Houston has them sitting fourth in the conference table.

Dallas is one of two winless clubs in Major League Soccer (DC United the other) but has two points from three matches in the early going.

Last time the clubs met it was in the final week of regular season in 2009. Dallas' late-season playoff push was spoiled by two second half goals from Seattle's Nate Jaqua and Brad Evans.

Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman believes the club's first win of 2010 is near, saying "the team has been playing extremely well as far as getting numbers into the attack, creating opportunities."

However, finishing has been lacking for Dallas as was evident in their wasteful 2-1 loss to New York last week. They will have to bury their chances to find a breakthrough against Seattle.

The Sounders squeaked out a win against Kansas City in their last match, when relative newcomer Michael Fucito scored an opportunistic 93rd minute goal as the Wizards' defenders were caught snoozing.

Former Toronto FC defender - now an Emerald City fan favourite - Tyrone Marshall, reached a milestone in that game, making his 250th career MLS start in his club's win. He suffered a cut to the head that caused profuse bleeding but the Jamaican international was happy to "staple it up and move on," as he put it.