Big Win Brings Third Seattle Shutout in a Row
Seattle Sounders FC fans were on the edge of their seats for 68 minutes Wednesday night until a pair of fired-up goals in three minutes from Fredy Montero locked up a win for the Sounders over FC Dallas.
Starting the game off a little slower than normal and sweating hard, Seattle seemed to struggle in the heat allowing FC Dallas a strong showing the in the first half, with Dallas making more shots on goal saved by the young and handsome Bryan Meredith. FC Dallas was giving it their all as they kept possession and only allowed one shot on goal from the Sounders in the whole first half.
In a move pre-planned by head coach Sigi Schmid, the still recovering Mauro Rosales was subbed out for Fredy Montero at the half, and the match picked up energy from there. Both teams turned up the heat on the ball as the night air cooled off, resulting in a few spectacular fouls and collisions. Eddie Johnson laid on his old turf holding his eye for several moments after a particular nasty run in with Hernan Pertuz. Just minutes later Johnson was fouled by Dallas’ George John, Dallas receiving their only yellow card of the game. I’m sure FC Dallas was much happier to see yellow than red last night, especially with 4 yellow cards for Seattle – but in the end it was not enough.
At the 66th minute many Sounders fans watching the match were surprised to see Cordell Cato subbed in for David Estrada, but the move made sense right away as he set up Montero for the first of those two impressive goals. The young rookie from Trinidad & Tobago making his Sounders debut got the ball up close to the goal for his first assist, and Fredy sealed the deal putting the Sounders up 1-0.
FC Dallas attempted a response by subbing in the powerful Brek Shea, but a mere minute later and only three minutes after the last goal Alex Caskey found Fredy Montero near the net to seal up a 2-0 win in the 71st minute. Montero himself received a yellow card in the 82nd minute as the Sounders tried to keep the ball in their play and prevent FC Dallas from making the come back. After allowing a few minutes of extra time, the referees blew the whistle on another Sounders win.
Facing a huge match against MLS ranked #1 in the west Real Salt Lake, Seattle is hoping they can keep this streak alive at home on Saturday and let 3 more points bring them to that prized number one spot.
And while it won’t make up for the loss, FC Dallas has a chance to be heroes again this week by tweeting back @gay4soccer and becoming Allies, so Dallas fans make sure to tweet your support to your favorite FC Dallas player!