Sounders 4, FC Dallas 2
Eddie Johnson scored twice, including the winner early in the
62nd minute, and the Seattle Sounders ended FC Dallas’ nine-game
unbeaten streak in MLS play with a 4-2 victory Saturday night.
Johnson’s second goal of the game and fourth this season came
just one minute after Dallas completed a comeback from a 2-0
deficit when Michel drilled a corner kick from the right side into
the upper left roof of the Seattle net to tie it.
The Sounders (4-3-3) stretched their unbeaten streak to six
games (4-0-2) after a franchise-worst 0-3-1 start.
”For the first couple games of the season, my body was beat up,
and it was frustrating, because there was a time that as a team, we
faced a really difficult challenge,” Johnson said. ”But it was
just getting that rhythm and getting that confidence, and staying
true to myself and believing in my teammates.”
League-leading Dallas (7-2-3) hadn’t lost since a 3-1 setback at
Chivas USA on March 10 in the second game of the season.
”You never want to squander a two-goal lead, but we knew they
were dangerous on set pieces,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said.
”The timeliness of our third goal was vital, and we continued to
Johnson put the Sounders on the board in the 16th and Lamar
Neagle made it 2-0 in the 30th. Second-half substitute Obafemi
Martins added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute as Seattle
racked up four goals for the second straight game.
Johnson’s winner was set up by Lamar Neagle, who sent a through
ball toward the top of the penalty area. Johnson took it around
onrushing goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and, from 10 yards in front of
the net on the right side, sent a shot across the goalmouth and
into the far side of the net.
”We had opportunities in the first half, but we just had to be
more composed, show more composure in the box when we got our
chances, and stick the ball in the back of the net,” Johnson said.
”We got the chance in the second half, and Oba and myself, we made
Kenny Cooper got one back for Dallas early in the 54th before
Michel’s equalizer in the 61st.
”Being able to measure ourselves against the first-place team
in our conference is important,” Schmid said. ”Being able to show
that once all of our weapons are healthy we can score goals is
important, as well.”
Midfielder Osvaldo Alsono set up Johnson’s first goal on a
counterattack. Johnson took the long pass from Alonso, went into
the penalty area and fired into the back center of the net from 16
yards in front, getting his shot past onrushing defender Matt
That was just the second time in 12 games this season that
Dallas has allowed a first-half goal.
Neagle scored on a wide-open breakaway 14 minutes later after
taking a through-ball from Brad Evans.
FC Dallas cut it to 2-1 when Cooper, playing near the penalty
spot, headed in a free kick that Michel drove into the box from 40
Michel’s dramatic game-tying goal came on a corner from the
right side that went just over the outstretched fingers of Sounders
keeper Michael Gspurning.
”They created a lot of chances, a lot of breakaways, a lot of
counterattacks,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. ”It seemed
like the only time Seattle really put their foot on the ball is
when we were down a man. The rest of the time, it was very
fast-paced. I think probably the bigger thing that mattered was I
think our guys lost their composure and emotions when they
considered some of the calls that weren’t being made, and then,
you’re just disappointed.”