Sounders settle for third straight draw

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May 16, 2009 5:30pm
Location: Frisco, TX
Attendance: 8247
Broadcast: KONG 6/16, KIRO 97.3 FM

FRISCO, TEX. – The Sounders FC controlled possession for most of the first half and had several opportunities to take advantage of a struggling FC Dallas team at Pizza Hut Park. They were only able to manage one score though and Dallas responded with a goal of their own just before halftime and Seattle was left with a 1-1 draw for the third consecutive week.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado scored his first career MLS goal on his 25th birthday off of a leaping, high-lobbing shot in the 18th minute and Kasey Keller finished with four saves, all in the second half, as Seattle is now 4-2-3 on the season. Dallas moved to 1-6-2 in front of 8,247 at their home field.

Already playing without right back James Riley because of a red-card suspension, the Sounders also played without starting left back Nathan Sturgis because of a hamstring injury and playmaking midfielder Freddie Ljungberg, who suffered a migraine headache Friday and remained in Seattle. Add to that Zach Scott’s early departure because of an abdominal strain and Seattle had a tough task against a hungry Dallas team that had lost three straight games.

It looked like they would take advantage early as Steve Zakuani got deep into the Dallas defense from the left wing, but Seattle couldn’t find the right side of his crosses to the middle.

In the 18th minute, Hurtado capitalized, though.

Seattle played a ball forward to Nate Jaqua for a header that arced to Hurtado just outside the box. He leapt and threw his right foot into the air to connect and knock the ball over the outstretched arms of Dallas goalkeeper Ray Burse, dropping a bowing shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Seattle nearly added to the lead in the 21st minute when Zakuani sent another cross into the box from the left side, but Nate Jaqua’s shot fell just wide of the near post.

Their next great chance came in the 36th minute when Brad Evans took a pass on the run up the middle. He tried to chip it over Burse’s head too, but his shot clanged off the left post and was cleared by Dallas. Two minutes later, Zakuani crossed up Marcelo Saragosa by switching to his right foot and blasted a shot from 12 yards out, but it went high. Sebastien Le Toux had another opportunity go wide moments into first-half stoppage time.

Hurtado and Tyrone Marshall combined to lock down FC Dallas’ attacking tandem of Kenny Cooper and Jeff Cunningham, though Cunningham was taken off in the 24th minute with a hip injury.

It wasn’t enough to hold off their late charge in the first half though. After two minutes of stoppage time, Saragosa sent a ball into the box, where Andre Rocha got behind the Sounders defense. Rocha poked it past Keller for his second goal of the season, evening the score at 1-1 just before the halftime whistle.

The two teams traded second half opportunities, but neither could capitalize and they had to settle for the 1-1 draw.  The Sounders next game is on the road Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

Sounders FC Stats FC Dallas
1 Goals 1
14 Shots 16
3 Shots on Goal 5
4 Saves 2
15 Fouls 7
5 Corner Kicks 1
4 Offsides 1
Sounders FC
No. Name Position
18 Kasey Keller Goalkeeper
4 Patrick Ianni Defender
14 Tyrone Marshall Defender
20 Zach Scott Defender
34 Jhon Hurtado Defender
3 Brad Evans Midfielder
6 Osvaldo Alonso Midfielder
9 Sebastien Le Toux Forward
11 Steve Zakuani Midfielder
21 Nate Jaqua Forward
  Fredy Montero Forward
5 Tyson Wahl Defender
15 Stephen King Midfielder
23 Sanna Nyassi Midfielder
FC Dallas
No. Name Position
30 Ray Burse Goalkeeper
3 Drew Moor Defender
14 George John Defender
25 Steve Purdy Defender
5 Marcelo Saragosa Midfielder
6 Pablo Ricchetti Midfielder
11 Andre Rocha Midfielder
10 David Ferreira Midfielder
7 Dave van den Bergh Midfielder
9 Jeff Cunningham Forward
33 Kenny Cooper Forward
20 Brek Shea Defender
4 Daniel Torres Defender
8 Bruno Guarda Midfielder