FRISCO, TEXAS – A third-minute penalty kick from Mauro Diaz and a late strike from Michael Barrios was the difference on Saturday evening as Seattle Sounders FC (4-5-1, 13 points) fell 2-0 to FC Dallas (7-4-2, 23 points) at Toyota Stadium. 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 / JOEtv, ROOT SPORTS, Univision-Seattle, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).
Dallas stuck early in the third minute via a Diaz penalty kick. After Stefan Frei made a point-blank diving save, a subsequent FC Dallas chance was whistled dead with referee Ricardo Salazar pointing to the spot after Chad Marshall brought down Walker Zimmerman in the area. Diaz’s ensuing spot-kick was struck well into the top of the net and out of Frei’s reach.
Seattle wasn’t without its share of chances, putting four of seven total shots on-frame. In the first minute of play, midfielder Erik Friberg threaded a through-ball to Herculez Gomez behind the defense for a one-on-one with the keeper, but the striker’s shot sailed just wide. Friberg then found Jordan Morris with a cross in the 19th minute directly in front of goal, but the rookie’s attempt went right into the arms of Dallas keeper Chris Seitz.
Oscar Pareja’s side sealed the win in the 80th minute when Barrios got on the end of a Mauro Rosales chipped through-ball and buried a shot to the far post past Frei to make it 2-0.
Sounders FC returns to action next Saturday, May 21 with a home match against the Colorado Rapids (7:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, ROOT SPORTS, Univision-Seattle, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – FC Dallas 2
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistants: Chris Strickland, Claudio Badea
Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez
Weather: Clear and 63 degrees
DAL – Mauro Diaz (penalty) 3’
DAL – Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales) 80’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Cristian Roldan (Oalex Anderson 78’), Erik Friberg, Osvaldo Alonso; Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez (Andreas Ivanschitz 66’)
Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Zach Scott, Dylan Remick, Nathan Sturgis, Aaron Kovar
Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 2)
Shots on goal: 3 (3 players tied at 1)
Fouls: 11 (4 players tied at 2)
Offside: 2 (Gomez/Ivanschitz, 1)
Corner-kicks: 2 (Gomez/Ivanschitz, 1)
Saves: 2 (Frei, 2)
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz; Ryan Hollingshead, Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Maynor Figueroa; Michael Barrios, Carlos Gruezo, Mauro Diaz (Mauro Rosales 79’), Victor Ulloa, Fabian Castillo; Tesho Akindele
Substitutes not used: Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Lizararazo, Timo Pitter
Total shots: 7 (Barrios, 3)
Shots on goal: 4 (Barrios, 2)
Fouls: 12 (Hollingshead/Gruezo, 3)
Offside: 2 (Castillo/Barrios, 1)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Diaz, 3)
Saves: 3 (Seitz, 3)
- After tonight’s loss, Sounders FC is now 4-5-1 in the 2016 MLS campaign, including a 0-3-1 record on the road. The Rave Green were shut-out for the first time since March 6, when Seattle fell to Sporting KC 1-0 in the season-opener.
- Sounders FC is now 9-4-5 all-time versus FC Dallas in league play, with a 3-3-4 record on the road at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas has won two of the past six regular-season meetings between the two sides.
- Mauro Diaz’s converted penalty kick in the third minute was the earliest goal of the season in a Sounders FC match. Opposing clubs have netted three of their five attempts from the spot in 2016.
- Former Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales entered as a reserve for FC Dallas in the 78th minute. Rosales played for the Rave Green from 2011-2013.
- Forward Jordan Morris snapped his four-game scoring streak on Saturday evening. He became the third player in MLS history to score a goal in four consecutive games as a rookie.