This match had to be one of the most frustrating losses the Seattle Sounders FC has suffered in a while. Sure, FC Dallas came in on a roll, collecting 11 points in their last 5 games while not allowing a goal for almost 400 consecutive minutes.
That didn’t change against Seattle either. FC Dallas scored early, in the 17th minute and then dug in deeply to fend off the ever increasingly frantic attacks that the Sounders threw at them until the final whistle.
That goal was a beauty too. Dallas midfielder Brek Shea made a run from midfield that Andrew Jacobson saw and fed Shea a perfect pass. Shea gathered himself calmly, especially for a young 21 year old, and his shot beat Sounders keeper Kasey Keller to the corner.
That was one of the two Dallas shots on goal. Seattle outshot Dallas 19-7, and the shots on goal differential was 5-2. The difference was that Dallas made theirs count while the Sounders either chose the wrong option or had the shots blocked.
Sounders manager Sigi Schmid loves to have a taller and shorter pairing of strikers up front. That’s what made the pairing of Fredy Montero and Mike Fucito so unique. It’s obvious Schmid is searching for an end to the scoring drought that has followed the injury storm.
Fucito got in the vast majority of shots but, despite the numbers, the Sounders never really worked Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman as much as you would think.
Seattle’s best chances came in the 42nd minute, when Montero chipped in to a wide open Mauro Rosales in the box and Hartman saved that shot and then again when he tipped a Fucito shot over the crossbar in the 64th minute.
Man of the Match:
I’m giving it this day to the Dallas team as a whole. The way they stood strong in the face of an ever desperate attack by Seattle, using every possible tactic and ploy, fair or foul, to keep Seattle out of the net, was a team effort. I cannot fairly single out a one of them.
Overall, Dallas leaves town with three points, a 6-3-3 record, a team record 5th straight shutout equaling 489 minutes, and second place in the Western Conference behind LA.
Seattle, on the other hand, has to lick their wounds and try to find a way to score again as they head to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The Sounders record drops to 4-4-5 and their three game homestand finishes out at 1-1-1.
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