A sloppy second half, questionable reffing and missed opportunities lead to Seattle only picking up a point at home on Wednesday.
Coming into Wednesday’s match, both FC Dallas had a lot to gain when it came to playoff positioning in the west. Seattle could extend their 1 point lead for 2nd place over Minnesota before they hit the road. FC Dallas could finally get above the playoff line due to Portland losing the same night. Instead, the two had to settle for a point each in front of 37,000 at CenturyLink Field.
Neither side looked like they were ready for the match. Sloppy play was a big theme throughout the first half. Both teams had just five shots during the first 45. Seattle had one shot on frame while Dallas had twice that, at two.
The second half is where the Sounders will look back in disappointment. They had several chances to take the lead in the match but couldn’t put any of their shots on frame. Jordan Morris, who subbed on in the 74th, and Cristian Roldan both had chances that were near tap ins.
The worst part about it for the Sounders was that Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez was dealing with an eye issue for much of the later stages of the second half. Every ball that he had to stop was a slow roller right into his hands.
FC Dallas also began to get a string of injuries as the game went on. The injuries piled up so much, that official Drew Fischer had to add a total of 9 minutes to the final 45.
This was not a bad thing for the Sounders, who were looking to get the one breakthrough that they desperately wanted. However, that became a little more difficult when in the 86th minute, Xavier Arreaga got his second yellow card of the match and was sent off with a red card. That put Seattle down a man as the final push began.
Official Drew Fischer didn’t help the quality of the match either. Many different moments of the match became questionable on what he did and did not allow. He handed out a total of 4 yellow cards, including one to Kim Kee-hee after the final whistle was blown.
With the result, the Sounders will stay in 2nd in the west with 50 points. They are sitting 2 points above Minnesota United in the table. FC Dallas was able to move into a playoff position over the Portland Timbers, who lost to New York Red Bulls. They now have a one-point advantage on the 7th, and final spot.
The Sounders will hit the road for a 2 match road trip starting Sunday against DC United. They will then head to San Jose to take on a much-improved Earthquake squad the following Sunday. Both matches will come against teams who are in playoff positions.