Sounders give up late goal, draw with FC Dallas 1-1

Russell Brown
Photo Credit: Mike Fiechtner / Seattle Sounders FC Communications

SEATTLE, WA – After taking a one goal lead into extra time, the Sounders allowed a stoppage time goal to FC Dallas and ended up drawing with their western conference rival. The draw has the Rave Green at 1-3-1 (W,L,D) over their past five matches.

Again, Failure to Capitalize

Another match and another half where the Sounders could not finish their chances on goal. Seattle dominated the first half in almost every statistical way including a 11-2 total shots advantage. Of those 11, five were on target and they still couldn’t net the opening goal.

This has become a very troubling trend for this club. They have not scored a first half goal since the 4th of July match with Colorado, and that was from a defender in Alex Roldan. It has been said many times that this is a second half team, but getting out on the front foot early might be a good idea as they currently are in a mid-season slump.

Freddy Extends His Record

It took until the second half, but Seattle did get the opening goal of the match in the 72′. It came via a direct free kick as João Paulo sent the ball in and the all-time leading goal scorer in franchise history netted another one. It was the 4th of the season for Montero and the 50th in the regular season while wearing the Rave Green. Freddy now has a three goal advantage over Clint Dempsey and seven ahead of current teammate Raúl Ruidíaz.

Return of the Captain

A late lead is great, seeing your number 10 and captain return to the pitch might be even better. In the 87′, Nicolás Lodeiro made his first appearance for the club since May 2nd vs the LA Galaxy. Although it was for only for a couple of minutes the impact was felt throughout Lumen Field. The crowd of 31, 628 absolutely exploded when Nico’s number was shown on the substitution board. It’s a good thing they were happy then, because they were going to be let down in just a few moments.

Dropping Points

Wins have not come easily in the last month of play for this team and that has caused them to lose their grip on the west. Losses and draws have been pilling up, so heading into extra time with a win in the bag was huge. Unfortunately, FC Dallas didn’t go quite into the the night. They were able to muster up a late attack that had Franco Jara scoring one minute into added time. With not enough time to respond, Seattle had to settle for the 1-1 draw.

Scoring Summary

  • 72′ SEA – Freddy Montero (Assisted: João Paulo)
  • 90’+1 DAL – Franco Jara (Assisted: Nkosi Tafari)

What’s Next:

Seattle has a couple of days off before playing their first non-MLS match of the season when they host Liga MX side Tigres. The match is apart of the Leagues Cup, which pins top clubs from the MLS and Liga MX. The game will kickoff at 7:00 PM on August 10th at Lumen Field.

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