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The 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs are finally here. 14 teams still have a shot at lifting the coveted MLS Cup, including defending champions Atlanta United. LAFC and NYC FC have both secured byes to their respective conference semi-finals, leaving 12 teams to duke it out for a spot of their own in the first round. This MLS tactical analysis will preview the match between Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas.

Seattle Sounders finished second in the Western Conference, making them favourites heading into the match against FC Dallas who clinched the seventh, and last, Western playoffs spot. Both team’s tactics have helped them finish a playoffs spot, but playoff football can be a completely different game to league play. Find out our predictions in this MLS tactical preview.

Predicted Lineups

Seattle Sounders: 4-2-3-1
GK: Stefan Frei // RB: Kelvin Leerdam // CB: Román Torres // CB: Xavier Arreaga // LB: Brad Smith // CDM: Gustav Svensson // CDM: Cristian Roldan // LAM: Joevin Jones // CAM: Nicholás Lodeiro // ST: Raúl Ruidíaz

Seattle Sounders injuries: Will Bruin (Out with an ACL tear) // Victor Rodríguez (Doubtful)

FC Dallas: 4-2-3-1
GK: Jesse González // RB: Reggie Cannon // CB: Matt Hedges // CB: Reto Ziegler // LB: Ryan Hollingshead // CDM: Bryan Acosta // CDM: Brandon Servania // LAM: Michael Barrios // CAM: Jesús Ferreira // RAM: Santiago Mosquera // ST: Zdeněk Ondrášek

FC Dallas injuries: Bryan Reynolds (Out with a knee injury) // Dominique Badji (Doubtful with a quad strain)

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