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

get opportunities.”

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

it count.”

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

Hedges.

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

yards out.

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.”