FC Dallas' nine-game unbeaten streak came to a screeching halt on Saturday night in Seattle, but don't expect any panicking in Frisco.
It's never easy going to the Emerald City with a full-strength squad, much less one missing three starters, and the absences of some of Dallas' big guns were certainly felt in the 4-2 loss.
“I’ve got George John out. He’s probably our best defender. I’ve got David Ferreira out. He’s our captain and I consider him the best player on the field, and we’ve got Andrew Jacobson out." Schellas Hyndman said after the match. "So I think before we get too hard on ourselves, we’ve just got to get over this one."
Despite the loss, Dallas showed plenty of grit coming out of the locker room after a lackluster first half. Goals from Kenny Cooper and Michel seven minutes apart overturned the 2-0 deficit, perhaps signaling that Dallas' hoodoo against the Sounders in recent years could be a thing of the past.
"There was a good response after halftime and the team did a good job to pull two goals back," said Cooper. "There was a bad giveaway after the second goal, and they came right back at us and got a third. We all are disappointed and obviously want to stay in the first place position and the team showed great character to fight back and fought hard to the end.”
Indeed, Dallas was level for less than 60 seconds and two second-half goals conceeded, as well as a questionable red card to forward Blas Perez, meant a second-ever win against Sigi Schmid's side would have to wait for another day.
"We challenged the boys to come back in the second half, and they did," said Hyndman. "It was just frustrating. This is a tough environment for anyone to come into."