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Bad luck won the day as the Seattle Sounders took a 2-1 loss against FC Dallas. Dallas had been unable to get out of their own way failing to win a game in their last 6 matches. Fate would stick a big middle finger to the Rave Green as Dallas’ two goals were awarded as a result of own goals by Seattle.
Rain delay put the Sounders on ice for 2 hours causing a late start. 33 minutes into the game the situation got worse as a header by Ryan Hollinghead bounced off of newly minted Sounder defender Xavier Arreaga for a 1-0 Dallas lead. The Ecuadorian national made his first MLS start in the worst way possible, luckily for him another Sounder defender would make a similar mistake.
In the 38th minute, a free kick ricocheted off of Brad Smith to give Dallas a 2-0 lead. Raul Ruidiaz would score in the 65th minute to pull the Sounders to within a goal but it wouldn’t be enough.
The Sounders defense looked bad in the wake of the Chad Marshall retirement. FCD out-shot the Sounders 14-5 and had carried control in the midfield. Far more aggressive FCD with the inferior talent looked like world beaters.
There should be concern about the Sounders in coming weeks. With Christian Roldan called up toe the US Men’s National team they Rave Green may be missing their leader. Add in that Nico Lodiero was out due to a call up for the Uruguay national team and Jordan Morris’ injury, we begin to see a team a team with weaknesses.
The Sounders sit at 3rd place in the Western Conference with 26 points looking at the LA Galaxy with 28 points. Neither team will catch LAFC, so at this point it is a race for 2nd place in playoff positioning.
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