In the world of does a draw feel like a win or a loss the Seattle Sounders FC (14-9-8, 50 points) goal less draw with FC Dallas (12-11-8, 44 points) Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field felt like a loss for the Rave Green players. The Sounders had a numerical advantage in every category but number of goals scored.
Th Sounders had an overall advantage in possession (60 percent), duels won (51.5 percent) and total shots (14 to 5). For Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer the draw were points squandered.
“It’s always two points dropped when you draw against a team at home. I mean, if you look at the outcome of the New England game, I’m trying to think what other game we drew at home after we had somewhat control, I thought we had a little bit of control this game. It’s always two points dropped.”
On the scoring troubles:
“Well I think it was a combination of a couple things. I mean look, we weren’t sharp in the first half. We weren’t, it took us a while to get going. In the second half I thought we played better, we had some good half chances, you know a couple crosses went astray or to the wrong guy, the movement wasn’t there, it always just seemed that something little was off. Could have been heavy legs, could have been you know, again having to change the team again, but you know, overall, I thought the second half we were much, much better, we did create some good chances and it’s a shame that we couldn’t get one of them.”
PLAYOFF STREAK ALIVE
While the maximum number of points were not attained the Sounders did manage to secure the one point and continue their march towards an 11th straight Audi MLS Cup Playoff appearance. The point earned pushes the Sounders to the 50 points earned threshold for the eight time in the last nine years.
With the win Sounders FC maintains its hold on second place and potential home field advantage in the postseason, two points ahead of third-place Minnesota United. Los Angeles FC continues to lead the West with 64 points. Sounders FC has just three matches remaining in the regular season, beginning with a forthcoming contest at D.C. United on September 22.With the win the Sounders
- With Wednesday nights result, Sounders FC remains in second place in the Western Conference with 50 points (14-9-8), 14 points behind Supporters’ Shield-leading LAFC. The club is now two points ahead of third-place Minnesota United FC and four points ahead of fourth-place Real Salt Lake.
- With tonight’s result, Seattle hits the 50-point mark for the third consecutive season, as the club pushes to qualify for its 11th straight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Seattle has now reached the 50-point threshold in eight of the past nine MLS regular-seasons.
- Seattle played to its third scoreless draw of the season and first since May 18 at Philadelphia. Tonight also marked the third scoreless draw all-time between Sounders FC and FC Dallas in MLS regular-season play, and the first since September 16, 2017 at Dallas.
- Sounders FC is now 12-7-7 all-time against FC Dallas in MLS regular-season play, including 9-1-2 at home.
- Stefan Frei recorded his eighth shutout of the season and fourth at CenturyLink Field. He now owns 74 shutouts in his MLS career, seventh in league history and one behind sixth-place Matt Reis.
- Seattle’s shutout this evening marks the club’s first clean sheet since July 27 at Houston.
- Nicolás Lodeiro tonight appeared in his 100th career MLS regular-season game
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – FC Dallas 0
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistants: Gianni Facchini, Gjovalin Bori
Fourth Official: Mark Allatin
VAR: Ricardo Salazar
Weather: 61 degrees and partly cloudy
SEA – Xavier Arreaga (caution) 24
‘DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 67
‘SEA – Xavier Arreaga (ejection) 86′
SEA – Kim Kee-hee (caution) 90’+11′
LINEUPS & STAT
SSeattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou (Víctor Rodríguez 65′); Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem (Jordan Morris 74′), Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Joevin Jones; Raúl Ruidíaz (Harry Shipp 90’+3′)
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Emanuel Cecchini, Luis Silva
Total shots: 14 (Three players, 3)
Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)
Fouls: 12 (Three players, 3)
Offside: 1 (C. Roldan, 1)
Corner-kicks: 4 (Lodeiro, 4)
Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez; Bressan (Reggie Cannon 74′), Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler – captain; Bryan Acosta, Jesus Ferreira (Jacori Hayes 76′), Brandon Servania; Dominique Badji (Santiago Mosquera 81′), Michael Barrios, Paxton Pomykal
Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Zdenek Ondrasek, John Nelson, Edwin Cerrillo
Total shots: 9 (Barrios, 2)
Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)
Fouls: 16 (Barrios/Pomykal, 4)
Offside: 2 (Badji/Hollingshead, 1)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Barrios, 2)
Saves: 3 (Gonzalez, 3)