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FCD shoots to keep unbeaten mark intact against Sounders

Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas will aim to keep its hot start to the season going on Saturday when the club hosts Western Conference rivals Seattle Sounders FC at Toyota Stadium.

The Hoops are off to a fast start for the second consecutive season as they have four wins and a draw through five games to sit atop the West with 13 points.

The club produced its most dominant performance of the early season last week in a 4-1 thrashing of rivals Houston Dynamo in the Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Houston controlled the opening hour of the match, and created most of the chances, but the tide turned in favor of FC Dallas when Houston defender David Horst slid into a tackle on Fabian Castillo and was shown a straight red card.

FCD then seized control of the match as Michel swung in a free kick that was nodded home by Je-Vaughn Watson to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

It was 3-1 in the 68th minute when Houston's Giles Barnes glanced a header into his own goal to double Dallas' lead, and the game was put out of reach with 20 minutes to play as Watson completed a double to seal the points.

"(It was) a very special night for Je-Vaughn," FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said after the match. "The way he's working for his teammates and the work ethic that he's showing us is great, and when that happens, the game will reward you and today was a good example. I liked [his performance] and I'm very happy for him and the team."

"It's a good feeling, but Houston is the first team that brought me to MLS," Watson said. "I have a lot of respect for them so I couldn't celebrate, but at the end of the day I came here to do work. I went on the field to score a goal but to celebrate the goal would be overdoing it."

Seattle, meanwhile, is coming off a wild Cascadia Cup encounter with rivals Portland Timbers at Providence Park which saw Clint Dempsey score a hat trick to rescue a point in a thrilling 4-4 stalemate.

Seattle got on the board first after just three minutes through Kenny Cooper, but Portland quickly answered with goals from Diego Chara and Diego Valeri to take a 2-1 lead in the 14th minute.

Dempsey brought the sides level in the 24th minute and the clubs went into the break on even terms.

Portland seized control in the second half with a pair of goals from Chara and Max Urruti to take a 4-2 margin by the 57th minute. But Dempsey put the Sounders on his back and carried them to a stunning draw when he made it 4-3 in the 85th minute before completing a treble with a penalty kick three minutes from time.

"We never give up. We keep fighting. We keep pushing and that point today felt like more than a point," Dempsey said. "It almost felt kind of like a win and it's a little bit of a momentum builder going into next week."

Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid praised his club's character to come back from two down in difficult environment.

"It's something we've been talking about, to not lose faith in what we're trying to do and maintain it and keep fighting for each other and good things will happen," Schmid said. "I think the team showed that a couple of times today."

04/11 16:49:43 ET