FRISCO, Texas – With a win against Seattle on Sunday night at FC Dallas Stadium, the gap between Dallas and Vancouver would tighten to just two points with Vancouver heading to Frisco in a fortnight’s time. In a theme that’s played out over the entire season, Dallas was unable to take advantage of their chances tonight in a 1-1 draw with Seattle. Here are the three plays that decided this game:
1) Seattle was 12-0-1 heading into Sunday night’s game when scoring the first goal and they got on the board first tonight. Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid handed a first MLS start of the season to winger Steve Zakuani exactly 500 days after suffering a horrific leg injury and he didn’t disappoint. The Congolese winger beat right back Zach Loyd with a burst of speed before sending in a cross tapped home by Argentine midfielder Mauro Rosales. The 20th minute goal was Rosales’ second strike of the season.
2) A desperate FC Dallas team reacted wonderfully to the Seattle goal and grabbed a deserved equalizer in the 32nd minute through another player making a return to the Starting XI. Panamanian forward Blas Perez received a Zach Loyd pass on the right side of the penalty area before sending in what looked like a shot towards the Seattle goal. Jackson found himself exactly in the right spot and tapped home Perez’s effort to pull FCD level. Perez’s helper was his third of the season while Jackson now has three goals and six assists on the year.
3) FCD pushed hard for a game-winner in the second half as Seattle struggled to cope with the Texas heat, but it never came. Hands were on FC Dallas heads in the 68th minute as some fantastic teamwork by Dallas eventually freed Jackson at the top of the box unmarked. The Brazilian took a touch too many, however, and his dribbling shot was denied by goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to keep the score level, sending Dallas to their seventh draw in 15 home games.