Sounders FC: With the advantage, Sounders can only muster a tie

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The Sounders (1-1-1) squandered a great opportunity on Saturday, March 28th.  FC Dallas (3-0-1) defender Kellyn Acosta earned a red card early with a reckless challenge, kicking the Seattle Midfielder, Andy Rose in the stomach.

However, for the next 70 minutes, the Sounders were unable to translate their man advantage in to goals, leaving Texas with a disappointing 0-0 tie.

The Sounders were down some players, albeit not from booking but other reasons:

  • Clint Dempsey (injury)
  • Osvaldo Alonso (injury)
  • Marco Pappa (international duty)
  • Obafemi Martins (injury),


What Worked

The Sounders were statistically dominant in time of possession and passing accuracy (75%).  Seattle was able to get the ball into the penalty box repeatedly resulting in twice the amount of shots on goal that Dallas had (8-4).

What Didn’t Work

Dallas FC, down a man was able to match the Sounders in the midfield winning an astonishing amount of duels (55) and tackles (13).  Obviously playing for the tie, Dallas successfully cleared pretty much every opportunity they had.

Without Obafemi Martins or Clint Dempsey, Seattle’s offence, looked abysmal.  Of the 8 strikes on goal, only 2 found their mark.  The remaining shots were horribly off-target.

SSU Player of the Match

Dallas FC defenders Zach Lloyd and Matt Hedges were outstanding in locking down the interior defense for 73 minutes after Acosta was sent off the pitch.

Next Side Up

  • Saturday, April 4th vs. Houston Dynamo 7PM (Q13 Fox)

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