It's over: 1-1. The single point instead of three is likely to make this a stinging result for the Sounders... especially after a similar, even later, disappointment in the earlier game in Texas.
And that was coach Sigi Schmid's primary take after the game:
“(The result is) just disappointing, because I thought that we put the right team out there, and I thought that we came out and played with a lot of energy,” Schmid said. “I thought we played well. In the first half we scored a good goal and we had some other good chances. We felt we could continue the same way. I thought the red card obviously had a big impact on this game.”
The Sounders (4-8-4) return to MLS play Thursday at D.C. United, where they will be joined by striker Blaise Nkufo, who recently completed duty with the Swiss World Cup team.
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By the numbers:
Scoring Summary:SEA -- Fredy Montero 6 (James Riley 2, Mike Seamon 1) 14DAL -- David Ferreira 4 (Heath Pearce 4) 87FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez (Zach Loyd 80), Daniel Hernandez, Dax McCarty, Marvin Chavez (Jeff Cunningham 64), Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Atiba Harris.
Substitutes Not Used: Anthony Wallace, Kyle Davies, Eric Alexander, Jason Yeisley, Josh Lambo.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Atiba Harris 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (David Ferreira 2); FOULS: 16 (Marvin Chavez 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Atiba Harris 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (David Ferreira 5); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 3)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez, Miguel Montano, Mike Seamon (Osvaldo Alonso 70), Nathan Sturgis, Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 62), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 78), Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Tyrone Marshall, Pat Noonan, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Fredy Montero 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 12 (Leo Gonzalez 3); OFFSIDES: 5 (Fredy Montero 3); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Nathan Sturgis 2); SAVES: 4 (Kasey Keller 4)Misconduct Summary:DAL -- David Ferreira (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34DAL -- Daniel Hernandez (caution; Reckless Foul) 49SEA -- Leo Gonzalez (caution; Tactical Foul) 50DAL -- Brek Shea (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56SEA -- Miguel Montano (ejection; Violent Conduct) 56DAL -- Dax McCarty (caution; Tactical Foul) 76DAL -- Heath Pearce (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 84Referee: Kevin StottReferee's Assistants: -Cameron Blair; Peter Balciunas4th Official: Alejandro MariscalAttendance: 36,091Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Clear-and-70-degrees
87th minute: David Ferreira sends a sizzling one-touch strike to the far pole past Kasey Keller to tie, 1-1.
Should be a few minutes of stoppage time, so this isn't over yet.
78th minute: Sounders' final sub: Jaqua out, Levesque in.
71st minute: Keller tumbles into goal after great low save of diving header by David Ferreira.
70th minute: Alonso is in, replacing Seamon.
68th minute: Osvaldo Alonso stripping off his warmups and is apparently about to come in after missing the last seven league games.
Attendance: The club's 25th straight sellout: 36,091.
62nd minute: Zakuani out, Nyassi in.
56th minute: Sounders rookie Miguel Montano has been sent off with a straight red for apparently throwing an elbow while tangled with Dallas' Brek Shea. Shea got a yellow.
This not only means Seattle must try to protect its one-goal lead for more than a half hour while one man down, but it also means Montano will be unavailable for the Sounders' game Thursday at D.C. United.
Second half: Has begun. And dangerously for the home side. All that first half energy is morphing into the Sounders getting out of shape with big gaps in the defensive end. This does not have the look of a game that's going to go final with the single goal.
Halftime: Sounders take their 1-0 lead into the locker room.
I would say it was about as free-wheelingly, ball-sharingly, teamworkingly played half as we've seen. Very entertaining soccer, played with a spring in their step.
Sounders have four shots, three on goal. Dallas five shots, two on goal.
The lone caution went to Dallas' David Ferreira.
30th minute: Montano just made a nice clearance out of the Sounders penalty area. That defensive aspect is something Schmid praised after the Open Cup game, and those 19-year-old legs are certainly carrying him end to end so far tonight.
15th minute: Sounders jump ahead, 1-0, as James Riley sends a towering cross from the touchline, and Fredy Montero finishes with a header from about 12 yards. It's Montero's team-leading sixth goal. Riley and Seamon get assists.
This is the most energetic the Sounders have looked in league play for a long time. If Schmid wanted the kids to bring energy, mission accomplished so far.
Sixth minute: It's end-to-end flow so far with no one really in control at midfield.
Kickoff: We're under way: Dallas in their red/white hoops jerseys, Sounders in green/blue.
Lineups: Rookies Miguel Montano and Mike Seamon are both in the Sounders starting lineup, which was just released. And Osvaldo Alonso is among the reserves.
Seattle: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Ianni, Gonzalez; M Montano, Seamon, Sturgis, Zaluani; F Jaqua, Montero. Reserves: Boss, Levesque, Marshall, Noonan, Alonso, Nyassi, Scott.
Dallas: GK Hartman; D John, Ihemelu, Benitez; M Hernandez, McCarty, Chavez, Pearce, Shea; F Ferreira, Harris. Reserves: Lambo, Cunningham, Wallace, Davies, Loyd, Alexander, Yeisley.
One hour before kickoff: It's been a great soccer day, and there's one more game ahead. A big game, too. Not World Cup big, but very big to the Sounders' hopes of getting back into the MLS playoff race.
I'll keep this blog open all night for pregame, in-game and postgame reports. If you have any more comments left in you, those are always welcomed. Plus, won't it be fascinating to see Sigi's lineup? I'll be back as soon as it arrives.