FC Dallas (7-4-2, 23 points) midfielder Mario Diaz right footed a spot kick into the upper right corner of the Seattle Sounders (4-5-1, 13 points) goal to give the home side a 1-0 lead after just three minutes of play and Michael Barrios 80th minute strike was the difference in FC Dallas 2-0 win over the visiting Sounders.
The Sounders nightmarish night began when defender Chad Marshall was whistled for an egregious foul by referee Ricardo Salazar when he brought down Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman in the box during a corner kick. Penalty kick awarded, nightmare begins for the visitors.
The penalty call momentarily stopped a game that saw both sides with good opportunities to score right from the opening whistle. Sounder Forward Hercules Gomezs right footed shot went wide after one minute of play and Stefan Frei robbed Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead one minute later with a point blank right handed save.
While the Sounders kept their wits about them after the early set back, they were never able to penetrate the FC Dallas backline. The Sounders won the ball possession battle with a 42% to 58% edge but it was Dallas who had four shots on goal to Seattle’s three. For Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid the game came down to execution.
“When you don’t play real well, that makes it tough on the road,” head coach Schmid said after the game. “Obviously with every team, fan bases are much better, much stronger, much louder, so I think that makes playing away from home tougher. A couple of early road games I thought we should have come out with more, but tonight it was just one of those nights.”
The loss ends Seattle’s two-match winning streak and marks just the second time this season the Rave Green have been held scoreless. Sounders FC returns to action next Saturday, May 21 against the Colorado Rapids (7:00 p.m. PT )