Sounders FC more than passed its test against the top-ranked team in Major League Soccer.
Seattle ran its unbeaten streak to six games with a 4-2 win over FC Dallas before a crowd of 38,979 tonight at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders' first goal came in the 16th minute, when Osvaldo Alonso got his head on a goal kick around midfield, sending it back toward the Dallas end. Eddie Johnson ran it down between two Dallas defenders and finished. (Alonso later left the game with a groin injury.)
Lightning struck again in the 30th minute, when Lamar Neagle got behind the Dallas back line and ran onto a pass from Brad Evans. Once inside the box, Neagle dribbled past Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and rolled the ball into an open net, increased Seattle’s lead to 2-0.
Dallas erased it in a span of about seven minutes. In the 54th minute, Kenny Cooper steered a header inside the right post in the 54th minute. Then Michel curved a corner kick over Seattle keeper Michael Gspurning and into the goal. However, Seattle reclaimed the lead a minute later, when Johnson ran onto a pass rolled in front of the Dallas goal. With only Fernandez to beat, Johnson bought space with a faked shot and then finished into an open net.
Already up a goal, Seattle went up a man in the 73rd minute, when Dallas’ Blas Perez received a straight red card after an apparent elbow sent Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez to the bench with blood streaming down his face. He eventually was replaced by Zach Scott.
Seattle settled things in the 83rd minute, when Obafemi Martins scored after a saved Johnson shot was recovered by Evans, who got the assist.
Combined with the 4-0 win over San Jose the week before, this marked the first time the Sounders had scored four goals in back-to-back games. Eight goals over two games matches a club record.
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62nd minute: GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson takes pass in front of keeper, jukes him, and finishes. Sounders, 3-2.
61st minute: GOAL Dallas. Michel curves a corner kick directly into the net.
54' GOAL Dallas, Kenny Cooper touches header into corner past Gspurning. Seattle, 2-1.
Halftime: Sounders, 2-0.
Shots, 7-6 SEA; on goal 4-2 SEA; corners 3-1 SEA; duels don 51.6% SEA; possession 52.4% SEA.
30th minute: Substitution: Shalrie Joseph in for Osvaldo Alonso. We'll pass along any word beyond that.
30th minute: Like Evans before him, Lamar Neagle finds huge space through Dallas defense. He finishes for third goal of season. Seattle, 2-0.
27' Brad Evans literally 15 yards past nearest defender, but Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez gets down for save.
16th minute: GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson runs onto looping flick from Osvaldo Alonso, splits two Dallas defenders, and finishes from 15 yards. Seattle, 1-0.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Dallas in red hoops/red.
Golden Scarf: Today it goes to Pat Raney, soccer coach at O'Dea High School from 1972-2013. He won over 430 games, 14 Metro League titles and the 1990 state championship. He also coached Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin.
Lineups: For Seattle: GK Gspurning; D Yedlin, Traore, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Evans, Alonso, Carrasco, Martinez; F Neagle, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Burch, Joseph, Caskey, Estrada, Martins.
For Dallas: GK Fernandez; D Loyd, Hedges, Woodberry, Benitez; M Jackson, Michel, Waston; F Cooper, Perez, Hassli. Reserves: Seitz, Castillo, Ferreira, Jacobson, Keel, Warshaw, Zimmerman.
Pregame: Sort of muggy/cloudy afternoon at CenturyLink field, where Sounders FC and MLS-leading FC Dallas will meet at 7:30 p.m.
The game can be seen on KING 5 and heard on the usual radio outlets. We'll blog it here, and have more updates on Twitter @donruiztnt.Cascadia update: In Vancouver this afternoon, Portland and the Whitecaps played to a 2-2 draw. That moves the Timbers (0-0-2) to the top of this season's Cascadia Cup race with two points, while Vancouver (0-0-1) and Seattle (0-0-1) have one. Both of Portland's Cascadia matches were away from home.
Meanwhile, the Timbers ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games, passing the Sounders' all-time unbeaten run of nine.