Sounders FC notched its sixth shutout of the season tonight and combined it with Fredy Montero’s second and third goals. (The second of the night is shown above.)
The result was a 2-0 win over FC Dallas, and a growing trail of gaudy statistics to accompany the club’s 7-1-1 record.
The victory before 10,092 at FC Dallas Stadium pushed the Sounders’ unbeaten streak to six games, their winning streak to five games and their road unbeaten streak to eight games, their shutout streak to 271 minutes, and goalkeeper Bryan Meredith’s personal shutout streak to 225 minutes.
Meredith made six saves to keep his MLS sheet clean through three appearances and two starts.
However, a zero also stubbornly remained on the Sounders’ side of the scoreboard, too, until Montero uncorked a pair of goals in a span of three minutes.
The first came in the 68th minute, when Cordell Cato – in his MLS debut – passed a ball from the wing back to Montero in the penalty area. Two Dallas defenders converged, but Montero worked the ball past them and into a one-on-one showdown with Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. Montero won, beating the veteran keeper to the near side.
Montero struck again in the 71st minute. This time the play began with Alex Caskey streaking down the left side of the penalty area. He sent a pass to the front of the goal mouth. It was defelected along the way, but Montero dived and got his head to the ball, again sending it past Hartman.
The win came despite an unconventional lineup concocted by coach Sigi Schmid for what was his club’s fourth game in 12 days – and with an eye for Real Salt Lake’s visit to Seattle on Saturday.
Meredith started for the second time in place of the injured Michael Gspurning. Jeff Parke was a late sub for Patrick Ianni, who was scratched just before kickoff due to injury. Defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso got his first night off. Mauro Rosales played only the first half, with Montero coming on in the second. Little-used Servando Carrasco and never-before-used Cato both came on in the second half. Leo Gonzalez was unavailable due to a one-game disciplinary suspension.
Dallas (3-5-3) also was playing without two of its regulars – Blas Perez and Daniel Hernandez, due to disciplinary suspension.