Sounders get revenge on FC Dallas, 1-0

Russell Brown
Photo Credit: FC Dallas Communications

FRISCO, TX – In their last matchup vs FC Dallas the Sounders blew a late lead and had to settle for a draw. This time around, Seattle once again had a lead late in the match but were able to hold on and secure all three points in Frisco.

A Slow First Half

The Sounders stating XI tonight was not their ‘A’ Team, as key players such as Nicolás Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz were listed on the bench. With that being the case, one would think that FC Dallas would try and push for the go ahead goal seeing as they were not going up against the best of the Rave Green. Instead they seemed very cautious and did not want to concede early to a team that was coming off a dramatic 6-2 win over their rivals.

This lead to the first half being quite slow. Sure, Dallas had a few opportunities but they  never looked too dangerous. Seattle had a couple of looks at goal, including a very bad miss by Kelyn Rowe, but also did not seem like they were going to net the go ahead. That was ok for them though, seeing as they had plenty of fire power on the bench that could give them the win once the second half rolled around. So, we head to break level.

Raúl, Super Sub

The match remained level as the 63rd minute rolled around. Nico and Raúl then subbed on for Seattle to give them that spark and hopefully enough to give them the opening and eventual game winning goal. It turned out that ‘spark’ was the right word to use to describe the substitution. It took all of 20 seconds for Lodeiro to pick out Ruidíaz for a shot, that was initially blocked, but then knocked home on the second attempt.

The goal was the Peruvian’s 14th on the season, which currently has him in first place for the golden boot chase. It also was his 57th all-time in a Sounders uniform tying him with Clint Dempsey for second in Seattle’s history, leaving only current teammate Freddy Montero ahead of him with 67.

Securing the Victory

As stated before, the last matchup between these two clubs ended in a draw because Seattle conceded a goal in stoppage time to Dallas. The nerves of fans might have been high after it was announced that an additional five minutes would be tacked onto the end of regulation. The squad did not panic however, as they played solid defense and gave up nothing more than long distance attempts to a team that doesn’t have an assassin at the #9. The final whistle blew, and the Sounders had three more points.

Atop the West, Again

The win put the Rave Green back atop of the west standings after Sporting KC drew with Portland. The Sounders (11-6-3, 39pts) now have a one point lead in the table with both teams having played 20 matches. When it comes to the Supporters Shield race, their midseason slump has put them seven points off the leader in New England (14-4-3, 46pts).

Before people start saying that Seattle only cares about the MLS Cup, head coach Brian Schmetzer has been on record saying that this team is very much looking to secure their second Shield in club history.

A Very Happy Birthday

If winning wasn’t sweet enough, it was also coach Schmetzer’s birthday. Arguably the best active coach in the league, since taking over as the manager of Seattle he has led them to four MLS cups and two cup wins.

What’s Next?

A big reason why the Sounders didn’t pay their best starting XI is because they wanted to save their legs for a matchup with the Columbus Crew (6-6-8, 24pts) on Saturday. The last time these two teams met, Columbus was taking down the Sounders in the MLS Cup. This is a chance for Rave Green to get their revenge as Columbus is currently in a big slump, losing their last five matches.

The game is scheduled for a 2:30 pm kickoff in Ohio and is being nationally broadcasted on Fox.

 

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