FC Dallas was handed a major lifeline on Sunday night ahead of their game at Seattle. Portland earning their first road win of the season at Vancouver meant an FC Dallas draw or victory would push the playoff race to the final weekend of the season.
Unfortunately, two second-half Seattle goals send FC Dallas home missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Here are the three plays that decided this match:
1) FC Dallas went toe to toe with Seattle through the first half hour of a wide open game, but it was Seattle who took the lead. In the 30th minute, the ever-dangerous Fredy Montero made some nifty moves before being pulled down by Hernan Pertuz in the penalty area forcing referee Baldomero Toledo to point to the penalty spot. Brad Evans stepped up and cooly slotted the penalty past Kevin Hartman to give Seattle a first-half lead.
2) The Sounders are unbeaten when scoring first this season, but FC Dallas grabbed a deserved equalizer within ten minutes of Evans goal through their main man Blas Perez. The Panamanian has been red hot since returning from injury and scored his fourth goal in the last three games. Some great free kick service from Ricardo Villar put the ball in the mixer and Perez was in the perfect spot to smash home the loose ball to pull FCD level. With the goal, Dallas’ playoff hopes remained alive as the teams went into halftime.
3) It’s taken two months, but FC Dallas playoff hopes were finally extinguished in cruel fashion. In the 60th minute, Pertuz fouled Montero 40 yards from goal. As Pertuz argued the call, the Sounders quickly took the free kick to German midfielder Christian Tiffert with acres of space down the left wing. Tiffert’s pinpoint cross found Brad Evans and the Sounder made no mistake sending a shot past Hartman to give the Sounders a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.