MATCH RECAP: FC Dallas 0, Seattle Sounders FC 4 | 10.15.17

LA Galaxy visits Toyota Stadium this Sunday, October 22 at 3 PM CT; FC Dallas must win and get help from Minnesota United in its match at San Jose in order to qualify for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs 

FC Dallas will clinch a berth in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday, October 22 IF:

  • FC Dallas win vs. LA Galaxy AND San Jose Earthquakes tie or lose vs. Minnesota
    • -- OR –
  • FC Dallas draw vs. LA Galaxy AND San Jose Earthquakes lose vs. Minnesota AND Real Salt Lake tie or lose vs. Sporting KC

SEATTLE, Washington – FC Dallas fell, 4-0, to the Seattle Sounders tonight at CenturyLink Field.     

First Half Notes:

12’ – Seattle would have taken an early lead if not for a point-blank save by FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez on forward Clint Dempsey. The chance was set up by Joevin Jones, who flew down the left flank, rounded a defender and centered a pass for Dempsey. The Texas-native struck the ball with his first touch, firing a high shot towards the back post, but Gonzalez was in position to slap the attempt over the crossbar and out for a corner kick.

31’ – Seattle’s Victor Rodriguez put his team up, 1-0, after a failed clearance attempt by FC Dallas fell to the feet of Sounder FC’s Clint Dempsey. The forward instantly put Rodriguez in on goal and the midfielder pushed a shot past Gonzalez, who charged off his line to challenge but could not stop the well-placed shot from Rodriguez.

Second Half Notes:    

49’ – Early in the second frame, Michael Barrios would earn Dallas’ most threatening set piece of the night just outside the penalty area after a Cristian Roldan foul. Mauro Diaz stood over the free kick and sent a dipping shot over the wall, but couldn’t put it under the bar as the shot missed high on the left side of goal.

64’ – The Sounders expanded its lead just past the hour mark as Dempsey took a shot from the top of the 18 that went between the legs of Matt Hedges and on goal. Gonzalez was able to stop the initial screened shot, but forward Will Bruin shouldered off Atiba Harris and beat him to the rebound, which was sitting on the top of the six-yard box and chipped it past the sprawled-out goalkeeper.

67’ – Bruin would strike again just moments later after Maynor Figueroa made a clean tackle in the box to dispossess Rodriguez. Unfortunately, the ball went directly to the forward, who was sitting near the penalty spot. Bruin tucked a low shot inside the left post for a 3-0 Sounders’ lead.

90+2’ – The home side would add a late goal in stoppage time to complete the night as Uruguayan Nicolas Lodeiro sent a cross in from the right flank off the counter and found the head of Lamar Neagle, completing the 4-0 score line and securing a postseason berth for the Sounders.

Scoring Summary:

SEA: Victor Rodriguez (Clint Dempsey) 31
SEA: Will Bruin 64
SEA: Will Bruin 67
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Nicolás Lodeiro, Harry Shipp) 90'+2


FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Maynor Figueroa, Atiba Harris, Matt Hedges, Hernan Grana, Carlos Gruezo, Javier Morales (Maxi Urruti 57), Tesho Akindele (Victor Ulloa 78), Mauro Diaz (Roland Lamah 70), Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Cristian Colman, Ryan Hollingshead, Walker Zimmerman.

Seattle Sounders – Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Harry Shipp 81), Kelvin Leerdam, Roman Torres, Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson (Nouhou Tolo 23), Nicolas Lodeiro, Victor Rodriguez (Lamar Neagle 76), Will Bruin.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Henry Wingo, Jordy Delem.

Misconduct Summary: 

DAL – Javier Morales (caution) 8

Attendance: 48,478
Weather: Clear, 60

Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Joe Fletcher, Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Jon Freemon