Texans drop 3-1 road decision at Seattle Sounders FC
SEATTLE (Sunday, Oct. 21) – The Seattle Sounders ended FC Dallas’ push for a playoff spot with a pair of second-half goals to claim a 3-1 win over the visiting Dallas side in front of 38,755 fans Sunday night.
The Seattle win clinched the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, leaving FC Dallas out of the mix for the first time since 2009.
The Sounders took an early lead in the first half when Fredy Montero drew a penalty kick call in the 32nd minute. Veteran Brad Evans stepped to the spot and knocked home the opportunity to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Just minutes later, Seattle nearly doubled their lead with Montero hammering a shot at the near post, but Kevin Hartman reacted quickly to deflect the strike.
With possession and opportunity nearly even for the two sides, Dallas didn’t have to wait long for a chance to equalize. In the 41st minute David Ferreira went down about 35 yards out to earn a free kick for the visitors. Ricardo Villar delivered a dangerous ball at the far post, but it deflected back across the box to Blas Perez, who hammered a side volley into the net for his ninth goal of the year.
Unfortunately for Dallas, the score wouldn’t hold up as midway through the second half off a quick restart Christian Tiffert found a trailing Evans with a well-timed pass across the floor of the box. Evans collected the ball and delivered a low, hard, right-footed shot into the far back corner of the goal.
Mauro Rosales dealt the final blow with an easy finish in the 79th minute. Eddie Johnson found Montero at the corner of the six-yard box, drawing Hartman to his near post. But with Rosales trailing the play all alone, Montero was able to slide the opportunity his way with an open goal for the taking.
FC Dallas returns home to Dallas to wrap up the 2012 season with Chivas USA on at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Dallas side heads into the final regular-season match at 9-13-11.
SEA – Brad Evans (PK) 32
DAL – Blas Perez 40
SEA – Brad Evans (Christian Tiffert, Fredy Montero) 60
SEA – Mauro Rosales (Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson) 79
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Fabian Castillo, Daniel Hernandez (Carlos Rodriguez 81), Andrew Jacobson, Ricardo Villar (Scott Sealy 74), David Ferreira, Blas Perez.
Substitutes: Richard Sanchez, Matias Jara, Bryan Leyva, James Marcelin, Bobby Warshaw.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Blas Perez 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12 (Hernan Pertuz 5); OFFSIDE: 5 (Blas Perez 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (David Ferreira 4); SAVES: 4 (Kevin Hartman 4).
Seattle – Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Marc Burch, Mauro Rosales (Andy Rose 83), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Christian Tiffert (David Estrada 89), Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson.
Substitutes: Marcus Hahnemann, Mario Martinez, Sammy Ochoa, Mike Seamon, Steve Zakuani.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 17; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 2.
SEA – Christian Tiffert (caution) 45
SEA – Mauro Rosales (caution) 72
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Rain and 46 degrees
Schellas Hyndman – FC Dallas Head Coach
“It was a very important game for us, obviously, with Portland beating Vancouver, we felt like we had an opportunity to get a point and hopefully three, but it was a well played game by both teams, difficult environment as everyone says, and our guys gave everything they had.”
(On goals…) “PK called, always a game changer, we score a nice goal, come back a call on our side of the field, but they played it quick, something we talked about, and they got a pretty easy goal out of that, and then scored a third. I think if you look at the stats and everything, it’s probably a lot closer game than the score line.”
(On the disappointment of not getting a point…) “Well, it’s not just this game, it’s the whole season. I ask you to look at any team in the league that has gone without seven starters in a game, tonight we went without five; we left five guys at home. We’ve done that the whole year. I think Blas [Perez] is leading the team with 9 goals, and I think he has missed half the season, with injuries and call-ups. For what we have on our team, not just with the injuries and suspensions and the things we could have done a little better at, I know my team, and I don’t know how much more I could get out of them. We had Seattle twice at home, and both games we think we outplayed them, and found a way not to win. It has been a whole season thing.”
(On today’s game…) “I thought we were a little naïve a couple of times tonight. It’s a little disappointing that Vancouver left the door open for us tonight so we were in a position that if we were to get the win, or get a point at least, we would’ve put ourselves in a position that it would’ve come down to the last game. Seattle came out with a good game plan and stuck to it and were able to capitalize on some of their chances. It’s been a rough one. Dealing with some scheduling and dealing with injuries, at the end of the day, it just wasn’t good enough.”
(On the injuries to the team this season…) “I would imagine that we were missing half of our salary cap for majority of the season. So it‘s difficult to compete without that level of talent on the field. To have such a front loaded schedule can be difficult as well, but we’re not in the business of making excuses, we’re in the business of getting wins and tonight we weren’t able to do it. The pressure was on and the guys that we needed to have out there, the majority was out there. Seattle just beat us.”
(On today’s game…) “We knew that coming in a tie wasn’t good enough. We were throwing bodies forward especially in the second half. We were tied one – one, and we knew that a tie wasn’t going to get it. Unfortunately we got caught on a few counters and they capitalized on them, and we missed a few chances. At the end of the day I’m proud of the guys. We put everything on the field, and it’s unfortunate that it ended the way it did, but we have one more game so hopefully we can go home and end the season on a good note.”
Brian Schmetzer – Sounders FC Coach
“The last time I sat here it was Pat Ianni on a bicycle kick—when we played Houston—to win the game. I don’t know how many two-goal games Brad Evans has in his career…but I’m very thankful for Brad happening to have one now, and then the rest of the guys pitching in, as well, to make this a successful evening for not just myself, but the whole coaching staff. Like Sigi [Schmid] said at the stadium to thank the fans, but for the guys that did the hard work on the field. Our job is certainly important, but the players are the ones that really do the hard work. Being in my shoes, I get to work with some of the younger players on the squad, and I also get to help some of the older guys and the stars, as well. I certainly think I’ve touched or been involved with the group from top to bottom, and I think that’s what I’m feeling right now—I’m proud of those guys for coming through and making sure really did our jobs tonight and made it into the second or third place and we control our destiny here with our last game. For me to win another game, it’s just a pretty good feeling.”
Brad Evans – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On getting the win at home…) “Yeah it was a good way to close out our home stand at the end of the season. I think this is one of the most important games of the season so far. We made a statement and if we play well next Sunday I think we give ourselves a good chance going into the playoffs.”
(On getting the penalty kick…) “It was bound to happen. Some teams get them all and some teams don’t, but fortunately Fredy [Montero] made a good touch.”
(On knowing what happened between Portland and Vancouver making the MLS cup more of a goal…) “Once we knew that was over, and we knew Dallas had to win this game we knew that they were going to throw numbers forward and we were able to catch them on a couple of counter attacks. We said that this is what the playoffs are going to be like so it was a good test for us going into the playoffs.”
(On the build-ups today…) “Anytime a team throws that many guys forward you are going to have good build-ups. Especially with the type of team that we are, and with our skill at counter attacking, we knew that we were going to have some good build-ups today. For us it happens every game. It is just about making the right runs. There was a lot of unselfish play tonight, and we benefited from that tonight.”
Mauro Rosales – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On the big win…) “Before the game we knew the results, and we knew that we were going to have to win this game. It was a very difficult game too, because they had to win today to get into the playoffs, and we did an excellent job. We need to keep playing like this, and then go into the playoffs at our best level.”
(On Dallas playing differently because they knew they had to win…) “Yeah they did, but we knew they were going for the win so we were going to have more space to play. This helped us create more room for offense, and allowed us to score three goals today.”