Seattle, WA- FC Dallas traveled to face the top of the Western Conference side the Seattle Sounders to maintain their good run.
Following their outstanding performance against Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas repeated the same lineup that got them the three points in Kansas.
FC Dallas started the match with great opportunities to score but was quickly stopped and blocked by the Sounders’ defense. As the game progressed, Seattle found ways to hurt FCD and obligated them to fall back and defend the scoreless draw.
Jimmy Maurer again played an excellent match, denying the Sounders’ efforts to score on goal multiple times. Maurer could not stop Seattle’s Freddy Montero’s header after Joao Paulo’s set-piece cross.
FCD also had their fair share of shots on goal in the second half but was salvaged by the goalkeeper. When the match was almost set and done for an FCD loss, Nkosi Tafari picked up a ball in the box and sent a low cross that Franco Jara tapped in the past the keeper and into the back of the net. Jara scored his third goal of the season and his 24th goal in the regular season.
“I am very happy; every forward would like to score and help the team the best way possible. We have to keep working to give our best for the team.”
Nkosi Tafari played a massive role in FCD’s success in defense by bocking numerous attacking attempts. He was able to recover the ball various times throughout the match to help keep possession.
Tafari commented on his experience with his first MLS assist:
“It was late in the game, and we were chasing the game and throwing numbers forward… The ball was being circulated, and I was still in the attacking third. I knew I could stay forward because we wanted to win and it kind of ended up being fortuitous at the end.”
Luchi Gonzalez gave his thoughts on Wednesday night’s match:
“I thought today, even if we didn’t get the tying goal, I’d still be proud of the group to show a response, to show a great effort and representation of the club. We got the goal and earned that. We have to now continue to be humble, keep this desire and hunger.”
FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium, where they’ll host their first official match against MLS newcomers and new Texan rival Austin FC on August 7, 2021.
FCD will continue to keep up its positive run and maintain that home advantage. FCD has yet to lose a game in Frisco and will keep that positive record against Austin.