Sounders 1 – 1 FC Dallas
Not the three points we were looking for on Sunday afternoon, but still a point on the road against a tough FC Dallas squad is something Sounders FC can be proud of.
Especially with the season winding down, each game has a possible 6 point swing, as all of the Sounders remaining matches are against Western Conference foes.
As the table sits on Sunday evening, the Sounders are in the 3rd position in the west, a point clear of the LA Galaxy, and 2 points behind Real Salt Lake with a game against each one of them still to go.
With the expanded playoff system this year, barring a monumental collapse, the Sounders should find themselves in a comfortable spot this post season.
The Sounders came out with yet another look on the 2012 season. A 4-5-1 formation, with Freddy Montero the lone striker up front.
Boy how the season has changed for Montero, a couple months back there was talk about him departing Seattle with the brilliant play of Eddie Johnson.
But the hot striker of late has been Montero, with a hat trick in his last league match, there was no way Sigi Schmid was keeping him out of this highly important game.
Zak back in the starting 11
What a fortunate story in the making this has become.
With Steve Zakuani finally getting back into the 18, playing his first match against the club that almost ended his career, hugging it out with Brian Mullan, and now, starting his first game in over a year after coming back from the most horrific broken leg I have ever seen.
Kudos to both Zakuani, and the Sounders medical, and training staff for pushing him to get back to 100%, and finding his way back up to the featured lineup.
And, to make this start that much more special for Zak, he provided a ground cross that Mauro Rosales poked home for the lone Sounders goal.
Now only if we could’ve picked up all three points.
Normally the playmaker for this Sounders team, Mauro Rosales seemed to have a bit more of an offensive style today then he usually has.
Besides the goal he scored, he had another great chance at the top of the box just a few minutes before actually putting the feed from Zakuani in the back of the net.
Christian Tiffert is now in town, so maybe the feud that we witnessed between Johnson and Montero is now going to be relived between the table setters Tiffert and Rosales.
Whatever the case may be, this can only be a good thing for the Sounders scorers.
Lapse of judgment
The FC Dallas equalizing goal could have, and should have been prevented.
Starting with an errant clearance by Adam Johansson, the team seemed to be positioning themselves for forward movement on the attack, when Dallas took over control of the ball.
A play on by the ref on the foul on Zakuani clouded the Sounders defensive mindset a bit more as well.
By the time Dallas had full control of the ball, several Sounders players found themselves out of position, and, thus leaving Jackson Goncalves unmarked in the box awaiting the perfect feed from Blas Perez.
Nothing Michael Gspurning could do on this one. He was left hung out to dry covering the near post.
Double hate ’em for defense
In lieu of the greatness of Patrick Ianni’s would be goal scoring clearance, the defense looked mighty lost for a lot of this game.
If not for Gspurning coming up huge late in the game, the Sounders would have lost this one.
Not only on that play, but a couple other times FC Dallas got the ball past the backline with ease.
The 1 point earned was a lucky one, as to me, we didn’t deserve to win this one.
The Sounders will need to be a lot tougher defensively down the stretch run into the playoffs if we want to contend for our first MLS Cup.
Up next for Seattle Chivas USA once again, but this time at home. Game time is 1:00, and can be seen on KONG.