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November 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, Western Conference semifinals Leg 2, notable notes and pre-match lineups

Here are the notable notes for Seattle’s showdown with FC Dallas in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night at CenturyLink Field:

  •  Tonight’s match referee is Baldomero Toledo, his assistants are Ian Anderson and Fabio Tovar and the fourth official is Edvin Jurisevic.
  • With the 1-1 draw in Frisco, Texas, last Sunday and the league’s implementation of the away-goals tiebreaker, an outright Sounders victory or a scoreless draw would be good enough for Seattle to advance. A 1-1 draw means extra time — and the possibility of a penalty-kick shootout — while a draw of 2-2 or greater would see Dallas through.
  • Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez will pick up a suspension with his next yellow card. Dallas’ Je-Vaughn Watson and Andres Escobar are also one card away.
  • Osvaldo Alonso’s 54th-minute goal in the first leg was his third career playoff goal, matching Eddie Johnson’s club record. Alonso is also the club leader in postseason appearances (14), starts (14), minutes (1,284), shots on goal (seven) and fouls suffered (18).
  • Seattle midfielder Andy Rose has been officially ruled out with a bone bruise on his right knee.

And here are the lineups, as Gonzalo Pineda returns to the Sounder XI in place of Lamar Neagle and Mauro Diaz returns from suspension for Dallas:

The match will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, with the broadcast set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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