The first midweek game of the season made it hard for me to quickly turn around a post on game notes, but better late than never I suppose.
The main note for me was the Sounders matching the best 10-game record in franchise history at 7-2-1. Here is a deeper look at the start compared to seasons past:
|Season||10-game record||Home record||Away record||Goals scored||Goals allowed||GD|
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— The Sounders have won five in a row, tying a franchise record set three other times.
— The Sounders are unbeaten in six, 5-0-1.
— The Sounders have scored an MLS-most 22 goals, recording multigoal games in six straight (17 overall in that span).
— The Sounders have scored 12 of their 22 goals in the final 30 minutes of games.
— The Sounders haven’t been shut out all season, a run of 14 games dating to 2013.
— The Sounders haven’t kept a shutout since Week 3.
— The Sounders improved to 4-1-0 when conceding the first goal (they’re 3-1-1 when scoring first).
— The Sounders have earned points in the last five games they’ve trailed.
— The Sounders improved to 4-2 at home (three straight wins), 4-0-1 vs. the West, 3-0-1 when trailing at half, 8-2-4 vs. Dallas (including a 7-1-1 run, 5-1-1 at home).
— The Sounders have allowed four PKs in seven games, all converted.
— The Sounders allowed four PKs in 2012 and 2013 combined (the team high for a season is six).
— The Sounders are on pace to be fouled a record 629 times.
— Lamar Neagle scored his 17th goal, tied for third best in franchise history.
— Kenny Cooper scored his 75th MLS goal, 18th in league history (one behind Steve Ralston), seventh among active players.
— Obafemi Martins has an MLS-leading six assists.
— Obafemi Martins has had a goal or assist in four straight games.
— Chad Marshall had his streak end at three games with a goal or assist.
— The 115,587 fans the Sounders have drawn the past 12 days are more than any other MLS team has drawn all season.
— FC Dallas has lost four of five, starting with an April 12 home loss to Seattle.
— FC Dallas is 1-2-1 on the road.
— FC Dallas has 19 goals scored (second most in MLS) but 17 goals allowed (second most in MLS).
— FC Dallas has kept a shutout in 11 games, dating to an Oct. 19 meeting with Seattle.
— Michel has scored in four straight games against Seattle, adding two assists in that run.