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Postgame discussion: Sounders 1, Dallas 1 (updated)

I haven't read the comments yet, but I've got a hunch Sounders fans weren't any happier than the Sounders themselves.

Even playing on the road with four starters missing, coach Sigi Schmid and his players clearly thought of this as a missed opportunity.

"We should be pretty down," Schmid said. "I feel a little more like we left two points here. We had a chance to get three here. We left two points on the table. These guys are professionals. They know it wasn't a good effort."

The result seemed to hurt all the more because Seattle dominated the first half so soundly that they could have take a 3- or 4-0 lead that would have finished the Hoops early.

"In the first half, it could have been four or five (goals) easily before they scored," Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani said. "The game should have been settled in the first half."

The game turned a lot in the second half, when Dallas switched to a 3-5-2. I don't know how it came across on TV, but I thought the Sounders looked frustrated and seemed to get a little chippy with each other. Soon enough, it was Dallas getting the chances, and as the Hoops walked off the field, they also were grumbling about two points that got away.

"I didn't think we played that well in the first half," said Dallas forward Brek Shea, who played so well I can't believe he didn't start. "In the second half, I think we could have won it, but we missed a few chances."

The end result was Seattle's third straight draw and failed to close ground on Western Division leader Chivas USA, which drew against DC United.

"Certainly it's a point; it's better than a loss," Schmid said. "But we don't want to be the inchworm, just inching forward a point at a time. We want to get a little bit more than that when we get those opportunities."

Here are the cold hard facts:

Seattle Sounders FC (4-2-3) ­ Kasey Keller, Zach Scott (Tyson Wahl 18),

Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Steve Zakuani, Osvaldo

Alonso, Brad Evans (Sanna Nyassi 79), Sebastien Le Toux, Fredy Montero, Nate

Jaqua (Stephen King 74)

Subs not used: Ben Dragavon, Peter Vagenas, Roger Levesque, Taylor Graham

FC Dallas (1-6-2) ­ Ray Burse, Drew Moor, George John (Daniel Torres 28),

Steve Purdy (Bruno Guarda 46), Marcelo Saragosa, Pablo Ricchetti, Dave van

den Bergh, David Ferreira, Andre Rocha, Kenny Cooper, Jeff Cunningham (Brek

Shea 24)

Subs not used: Josh Lambo, Dax McCarty, Alvaro Sanchez, Anthony Wallace

Scoring Summary

SEA: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Nate Jaqua) 18

DAL: Rocha (Saragosa) 48+

Misconduct Summary

DAL -- Andre Rocha (caution; Reckless Tackle) 20

SEA -- Steve Zakuani (caution; Dissent) 48+

SEA -- Tyrone Marshall (caution; Persistent Infringement) 64

DAL -- Marcelo Saragosa (caution; Dissent) 75

DAL -- Bruno Guarda (caution; Reckless Tackle) 80

Referee: Terry Vaughn

Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Jeff Muschik

4th Official: Landis Wiley

Time of Game: 90:00

Weather: Cloudy, 66 degrees

Attendance: 8,247

Final: 1-1, the Sounders third straight draw. They move to

I suppose the point could be made that a team playing on the road without four starters might be satisfied to get a point. But I'd be surprised it the Sounders make that point. This game was here to be won. The Sounders could easily have had four first-half goals. But after Dallas pulled even in first half stoppage time, the Sounders never quite seemed the same team again.

The Sounders seemed to be showing some frustration with each other toward the end. And the sad little crowd of 8,247 -- the smallest ever to see the Sounders -- couldn't add much life to any of it.

I'll be back with notes and quotes. Until then, how'd it look to you?

Halftime: Sounders have dominated and could have had four goals. However, they have only one and the Hoops matched that in stoppage time as Andre Rocha one-touched past Kasey Keller.

Both teams are using odd lineups. Two Hoops went out early with injuries. And the Sounders are playing without four usual starters: James Riley, Nathan Sturgis, Freddie Ljungberg and Zach Scott, who went out with an abdominal strain.

Patrick Ianni replaced Sturgis and Tyson Walh went on for Scott... each making their Sounders debuts.

19th minute: Beautiful Jhon Kennedy Hurtado goal, getting his foot to a high ball just ahead of Dallas keeper Ray Burse. Sounders, 1-0... and absolutingly dominating in chances and flow of play.

7:30: Another very small crowd here. Here we go.

7:10 We've got the new-look starting lineup. The answer to the main question of the week is Patrick Ianni, who will make his Sounders debut as a starter.

Here's the lineup: GK Keller, D Ianni, Hurtado, Marshall, Scott; M Evans, Alonso, Zakuani, Le Toux; F Jaqua, Montero.

Here's Dallas: GK Burse; D Saragosa, John, Purdy, Moor; M Rocha, Ferreira, Ricchetti, van den Bergh; F Cooper, Cunningham.

7 p.m.: Just took a little walk around the park, noticing a couple of interesting things.

One, the give-away to fans tonight are a pair of Drew Carey eyeglasses.

Second, there is an exceptional number of Sounders jerseys in the gift shop. I don't know if they do that for all visiting teams, or if the Xbox connection makes these jerseys popular, or maybe its the rave green. Whatever, there was a lot of rave green in there.

6:50 p.m. Usual gameday blogging plan here. I'll pop in with pregame news as it happens, then give some in-game updates on goals and other highlights, then I'll kick it open for postgame discussion while I head down to the locker room, and then return with postgame notes and quotes.

4 p.m.: Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg sustained a migraine Friday and did not accompany the team for the trip to FC Dallas.

In other health news, goalkeeper Chris Eylander has been placed in the injured reserve list with a medial bone bruise to his left knee. Eylander will miss the next six MLS games and be eligible for activation prior to the June 20 game at New York. Ben Dragavon takes the No. 2 duties in his absence.

Meanwhile, I'm here in Pizza Hut Park. The Sounders may have caught a bit of a break, as the temperature is acturally pretty close to comfortable. It's muggy, but not near as bad as Texas can be this time of year. However, a series of rain and even thundershowers around the area are responsible for moderating the temperatures. So while they miss the nasty heat, there could be rain. And the win is whipping pretty good right now, mostly from north to south, which should be left to right on the TV screens.

This is a beautiful place for soccer, although the location seems to be about half way to Oklahoma. The stadium is the centerpiece of a complex of -- I believe -- 17 fields, which host kid and adult leagues and tournaments of all kinds.