Sporting Kansas City look to bounce back and remain within close distance of the top of the Western Conference standings when they travel south to square off with desperate FC Dallas on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas.
Sporting K.C. (13-6-7, 46 points) fell into second place, two points behind Seattle, with its 2-1 loss at home to the Sounders on Sunday. The defeat, which came after an 11-day break in its schedule, snapped Sporting K.C.'s two-game winning streak.
SKC fell in an early 2-0 hole that was halved by Johnny Russell's tally in the 60th minute, but could get no closer.
"When you play a good team and make a mistake, they capitalize," Sporting K.C. coach Peter Vermes said after the loss to Seattle. "We do that to other teams as well at times but today they got us."
Sporting K.C.'s next three matches are against teams that are below the playoff line. SKC have eight matches remaining in its regular season grid.
FC Dallas (6-12-9, 27 points) head home after a 1-0 loss at Vancouver on Saturday in which they had a real chance to split the points with the Whitecaps after being awarded a penalty kick deep in added time. But Franco Jara was denied by Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, sending Dallas back to Texas empty-handed.
"I thought the team had a spirited match," FC Dallas interim coach Marco Ferruzzi said after the loss. "I think we grew in the game and started solving some problems. ... I'm obviously disappointed leaving without points. Overall, a strong effort by this team."
FC Dallas have dropped two straight, are winless in the past five games and are 2-5-3 in the past 10 matches. Both of FC Dallas' wins in that span came against expansion Austin FC, the last-place team in the West.
FC Dallas begin the week in 11th place, nine points in arrears of the playoff line and seventh-place Real Salt Lake with four teams to jump to get above the line and just seven matches to accomplish that feat.
Five of FC Dallas' next six games are at home, where the side is traditionally very tough to beat, prompting some sense of hope for a strong finish.
The teams have split their two matches this season, with Dallas winning 2-1 in Kansas City on July 31 and Sporting K.C. capturing the rematch 2-0 in Frisco on Aug. 14.
--Field Level Media