Frisco, TX- FC Dallas faced the Seattle Sounders on a cloudy night, hoping to turn around their recent loss against Kansas City.
Head coach Luchi Gonzalez made some changes compared to what we saw last Saturday. Bressan replaced Matt Hedges, Bryan Acosta replaced Facundo Quignon, and Jáder Obrian replaced Paxton Pomykal, who had a minor injury last Saturday.
Seattle rotated some players in their starting lineup, and this was an excellent opportunity for FCD to come up top.
“We knew Seattle would rotate their team,” said Luchi Gonzalez. “We could not take advantage of that.”
The first half was filled with some opportunities to score for the home side. Unfortunately, those chances were not put away or were cleared by the Sounders’ defense. FC Dallas managed to get a single shot on goal compared to no shots from the visiting side.
The second half started a lot better for FCD, making more goal attempts. The team received a slight scare when Seattle scored but was shortly ruled offside, handing them a lifeline.
Seattle wanted to win this game when head coach Brian Schmetzer brought on Raul Ruidíaz and Nico Lodeiro. Within seconds after coming in, both connected very quickly to give the lead for their side.
Despite the team’s efforts to tie the game, their chances ran thin, and they could not put away a goal late in the second half. The team did try until the last minute to gain a credible draw but must work quickly to fix any issues before their next match.
Accumulation of minutes seems to be a crucial part of FCD’s most recent results. Luchi Gonzalez spoke about how he and his team talked about what they just missed out on by loosing back-to-back games. If FC Dallas had accumulated points these two games, they could well be above the playoff line.
“For me, we were relaxed,” said Gonzalez. “We came up short. The team tried to tie the game towards the end.”
FCD’s Franco Jara picked up a yellow card on Wednesday’s match. As a result of that yellow card, he will be serving a one-game suspension of accumulated yellow cards.
“Frustrated,” said FCD goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. “Can’t drop six points at home. Hopefully we can play with that anger on the upcoming games.”
Brazilian defender Bressan shared some of that same frustration as Jimmy Maurer:
“We need to have the right mindset to get those desired results,” said Bressan. “We need to be better, I believe in this team in this locker room.”
Following Wednesday’s result, FC Dallas now sits at the tenth position of the Western Conference with a tough schedule ahead of them. FCD goes on a three-game stint on the road. The team won’t travel far as they’ll face Houston next Saturday and Austin FC next Sunday. The team will then travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake.
FC Dallas will return to Toyota Stadium on September 11, 2021, hosting hosting Western Conference side, San Jose Earthquakes.