2010 Jul 11

Sounders lose a man, then lose the lead at the end

Seattle Sounders FC  1 - 1  FC Dallas

Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

14' SEA: Fredy Montero (James Riley, Mike Seamon)

87' DAL: David Ferreira (Heath Pearce)

Seattle: Kasey Keller; Leo Gonzalez, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, James Riley; Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 62'), Nathan Sturgis, Mike Seamon (Osvaldo Alonso 70'), Miguel Montaņo (sent off 57'); Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 78'). Substitutes not used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Pat Noonan.

Dallas: Kevin Hartman; Jair Benitez (Zach Loyd 80'), George John, Ugo Ihemelu; Brek Shea, Heath Pearce, Marvin Chavez (Jeff Cunningham 64'), Dax McCarty, Daniel Hernandez; David Ferreira, Atiba Harris. Substitutes not used: Josh Lambo, Anthony Wallace, Kyle Davies, Eric Alexander, Jason Yeisley.

Match report from Ron Stickney:

A good early goal by Seattle Sounders FC's Fredy Montero was matched by a good late goal by FC Dallas' David Ferreira. Dallas had a man advantage for most of the second half after a red card was given to Miguel Montaņo.

Seattle started a very young lineup with Nathan Sturgis and Mike Seamon in the middle and 19-year-old Montaņo on the right. The young lineup opened the match with a lot of energy.

Kasey Keller was called on early when Atiba Harris beat Patrick Ianni to go on goal from steep on the right. Keller got down to block the shot and Ianni cleared the leftovers. Brek Shea soon had a chance for Dallas from a long diagonal cross but headed it a yard wide.

Seattle's first chance came when Montero claimed an errant square pass intended for goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, but Montero failed to get his shot by Hartman.

14' SEA: Montero (Riley, Seamon). From a free kick play in the middle of the pitch, Seamon passed to the right side to James Riley, who curled in a cross from the touch line to Montero's head. On the near post run, Montero headed his shot inside the near post to put Seattle up. 1-0 Seattle.

After the goal, Seattle's offense failed togenerate another shot in the half. Meanwhile, Dallas shot poorly from just one chance midway in the half and one chance at the end of the half.

For Dallas, Shea forced a good, low save by Keller early in the second half.

Then the match turned on a play when Shea could have been cautioned for both a first reckless foul on Nate Jaqua, then another on Montaņo. As Montaņo went down, he hit Shea in the back of the head, drawing a red card.

Montero tried a couple of long shots around the hour mark, earning a corner kick from the longest try.

Dallas had plenty of chances during the last half hour. Dax McCarty worked a give and go, beat Gonzalez, and shot an inch wide of the top far corner. After Osvaldo Alonso gave the ball away on his first touch as a substitute, Keller made a one-handed save off the goal line on Ferreira's diving header to the lower near corner. The put-back shot was blocked wide for a corner, and Keller held the shot taken from the corner kick play.

At 75' substitute Sanna Nyassi was sprung through the middle for a good chance, but his shot was too weak to beat Hartman.

88' DAL: Ferreira (Pearce). Seattle's defense held off several attacks near the end, but Dallas kept pressuring and were rewarded when Ferreira worked a give and go with Pearce, who chipped the ball to Ferreira as he ran past Nyassi and then Riley. Ferreira's shot hit the base of the far post and went in. 1-1.

Dallas substitute Jeff Cunningham had two chances at the end to win the match, but he missed both shots.

           SEA   DAL
Shots:      7     17
Saves:      5      3
Corners:    3      8
Fouls:     12     16
Offsides:   5      1

34' DAL: Ferreira cautioned for a late foul on Sturgis
49' DAL: Hernandez cautioned for a reckless foul on Montero
50' SEA: Gonzalez cautioned for a tactical foul on Chavez at the halfway line
56' DAL: Shea cautioned for a reckless foul on Montaņo
56' SEA: Montaņo sent off for getting Shea in the head as Montaņo went down
76' DAL: McCarty cautioned for a tactical foul on Montero
84' DAL: Pearce cautioned for unsporting behavior before a Dallas free kick

Referees: Kevin Stott; Cameron Blair, Peter Balciunas; Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 36,091

Postmatch Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC

Sigi Schmid - Head Coach

General Comments: "That was disappointing because I thought we put the right team out there. I thought we played with a lot of energy, we played well. We scored a good goal in the first half and had some other good chances. The red card had a big impact on this game. They played well and ended up scoring a great goal. Maybe we could have defended a little better, but who knows. I feel bad for our guys because they played with a lot of heart and desire and I thought they deserved to win tonight."

On Red Card: "Montaņo looks like he's going to swing at him, but I don't think he made contact. If he did, it was with his (Shea's) back. We've watching a lot of embellishment in the World Cup recently. The reaction was worth the card."

On Osvaldo Alonso: "It was good to send Alonso back in, but he hasn't played in a while, so he was rusty postionally. It was good to have that ability to bring him on."

On Substitutions: "Nyassi for Zakuani because I thought we needed more energy. We wanted him to stay on the right side, but he wandered around too much for us. He did bring energy. The second move was to get Seamon off and the same with Nate (Jaqua). We understood that with Nate going into the game and when playing a man down, it makes it tougher. All of the changes were tactical."

On quick turnaround from Wednesday's game: "We played well enough that they deserve another chance. The majority of these guys played on Wednesday and I thought they did a good job today coming back. Thought we showed a lot of character and a lot of fitness. We have to build on what we did today."

On FC Dallas goal: "I don't know if I'd call it blowing a late lead when playing a man down, but could have defended that better. We could have taken an obstruction call. If we had 11 men on the field, I'm very confident that we would have won today."

On Seamon: "He put a lot of heart and soul into the game. He had a good pass on the goal and had a couple of other chances. I'm pleased with his play and his effort."

On weakened middle: "When you have injuries right down the middle of the field, it makes it tougher to manage the game because central midfield is so important. When you look at it today, we played a 22 and 23-year-old and a guy who hasn't played in 5 or 6 weeks. So if we're healthier there, it'd be easier to manage late. Earlier in the season, we gave up some set piece goals, but we have been snake bitten too. Today, the goal came from attrition and fatigue."

Kasey Keller

On Miguel Montaņo's red card: "We have talked about it over and over again. I even asked the ref after the game, 'Did that really need to be a red card? Was it that violent?' I haven't seen it on tape yet but I mean surely it wasn't that kind of game at all...It wasn't that big of a deal. Nobody got punched. It was just a couple guys, a little fracas, yellow cards and call it even. It's just so frustrating. But other than that, I am very proud of the guys. We worked extremely hard tonight and that's where we need to get back to. It's difficult to think that you're going to flip a switch and think that we are now going to go from some of the last performances to then just be tremendous. It doesn't work that way. I think this is a great step forward, to battle thirty minutes with a man down. I think if we continue to show that kind of endeavor and that kind of work rate I see no reason why we can't all be very optimistic for where the rest of this season is going to go."

On one-handed save in the 71st minute: "It just kind of flashed across and I got back and I saw Ferreira at the far post getting ready to head it in and I thought, 'Oh man, I got to cover that space as best as I can.' I wasn't sure at first if it had gone in or not and then I saw on the replay that the whole ball didn't cross the line, which is cool...I'm just glad we were able to hang on for the point because it really would have been a shame to not get anything out of this game. Yes, if we could've hung on to all three it would have been phenomenal but, in the end, it took a great strike to beat us and I think we have a lot to build on in this game."

James Riley

On playing with 10 men: "Obvoiusly it's difficult. I thought we did well, understanding that's a great, great goal by him. We talked about it, myself or Sanna should have got a bump on him to avoid the one-two. So we take responsibility there. It's one of those things where it kind of happens. You have been defending for a half an hour and they get that one chance. I thought we dodged a couple bullets. Kasey came up big on a great save. I thought the luck was finally turning for us. At the same time, it was a good step. I thought it was a positive step forward. To get that win with ten guys I think that would have been a bigger step forward for us, but we take the positives and negatives from this one. We think there's more positives than negatives and so we try to get it right. Fourteen games left."

On the energy and effort: "I think the fans could see. I think everyone noticed the difference from our first twenty minutes in this game and our first twenty minutes in the L.A. game. When we are at home or on the road, we are going for victories. We have got fourteen games left. We have to set the tone. We don't really want to sit back anymore. We kind of want to set the precedent and win battles early in the game so we can get chances that way. I thought we did that today. We were fortunate enough to get a goal early. Unlucky not to get the result."

Miguel Montaņo

On the red card: "I was falling down. My intention was not to hit him. It was the motion of my body. If I made contact it was not my intention."

On explanation from referee: "No, there was no explanation. I was surprised that it was a red card because I thought it was just a reaction of my body as I was falling."

On his first MLS start: "Before that moment, I was calm. I thought I was doing a good job. Sometimes we do get a red card and you just got to move on and live with it."

FC Dallas

Schellas Hyndman - Head Coach

On pulling out a late game goal against the Seattle Sounders FC: "I think we are very fortunate to be playing up a man for more than 40 minutes. I think the game definitely changed at that time. Seattle worked very hard in the first (half). We told the boys we didn't know how long they could keep that level up. They helped us out by getting a card, so we drove forward and tried to create a lot of opportunities. I think the shot count in the second half was pretty dominating. Kasey did a great job in goal and the balls didn't bounce right for us. We ended with a point which is very difficult to come away with in this environment playing against a great team with a tremendous crowd that they get, on a field turf that is wet. It was a difficult game but great to come away with a point."

On tactical surprises by the Sounders FC: "I think the big tactics was the lineup. We watched them play a few times and played them earlier and went through out notes from the last match. The lineup is very different, that surprised us and we thought they would be in a 4-4-2. They are desperate right now and need points and they came out with a lot of intensity. The adjustment we made at halftime was dealing with Montero, who was stepping back into the midfield when they were defending. They were shutting down our passing lanes in the first half and we wanted to stretch Seattle a little bit more and go more diagonal with our forwards. It was working OK, by being up a man it worked much better."

On Seattle playing a little desperate during the match: "Yes, we expected a lot of intensity, we didn't expect them to sit back and go for a tie. The thing I'm learning is you have to get your points when you're at home; it is so hard to get them on the road. I think the league is very even and has great parity. Every week you have to be fighting. Sigi Schmid does a great job of motivating players and getting them all on the same page."

On the Sounders FC medium age being 21 years old: "No not really, I think that is a sign for the future. I didn't realize that, I knew there wasn't much experience in terms of playing a lot of games, but I didn't realize it was that young. It is something the Sounders should be really happy about with their future."

David Ferreria

On scoring the equalizing goal tonight: "I got the ball over from the left side, I made my run inside, I played it inside to Heath, I continued my run inside, he played my through. Thanks to God I was able to connect with the ball and score the equalizer."

On coming onto a scoring hot streak: "Thanks to God, I'm in good form right now. I'm learning a lot and getting better everyday in training and it's translating into the games."

On having an adjustment period to the MLS: "Yes, I feel I have adapted and thankfully I have been getting better everyday in training. I have gotten good information from the technical staff and the trainers are making me better."