Michel leads FC Dallas past Seattle. 2-0

Michel had a goal and an assist to help FC Dallas beat Seattle

2-0 on Saturday, preventing the Sounders from clinching a playoff


Michel, who replaced Kenny Cooper in the 58th minute, scored in

the 87th minute after he tapped a shot into the right corner of the

net from the top of the goalie’s box. Michel rebounded a missed

shot by David Ferreira before scoring his third goal of the


Michel set up FC Dallas’ first goal in the 65th minute when he

arched a free kick to Matt Hedges. Hedges redirected the pass with

a header from about 10 yards away that bounced off the ground and

into the top left corner of the net.

FC Dallas improved to 11-11-1 with its third victory in its past

20 matches.

Seattle (15-12-6) has lost four straight. The Sounders also are

on a six-game winless streak in which they have failed to score

more than one goal in a game. Clint Dempsey came close to scoring

in the 80th minute, but pulled a free kick just wide left of the


The game was the final home game for Dallas coach Schellas

Hyndman. Hyndman announced Friday that he is stepping down as coach

at the end of this season after taking over in June 2008. Before

joining FC Dallas, Hyndman spent 31 seasons as a college head

coach, including 24 at nearby SMU. Hyndman led the club to the 2010

MLS Cup and also became the became the first FC Dallas coach to win

MLS Coach of the Year honors.