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Late Review: FCDallas Draw Sounders after Montano Red Card Grants Opportunities

Fredy Montero celebrates his sixth goal of the season, the fifth straight game in which he has registered a goal or an assist.
Fredy Montero celebrates his sixth goal of the season, the fifth straight game in which he has registered a goal or an assist.

The positives from last night were that the Sounders played the type of game we like to watch in the first half. They were aggressive, crafty and for the most part defensively sound. That first half foretold a future that looks solid. With youth scattered everywhere we can see that there is skill and talent on the team that should help recreate a team that can challenge for major trophies.

Nate Jaqua, while not young, had a strong presence as well. His decent footwork led to some nifty attacks. But his height and threat of a header on goal created the indecision by Kevin Hartman on the Fredy Montero goal. Hartman initially moved to the far post sensing a greater threat there. He was wrong and Montero put an easy nod into the net.

Brek Shea's aggressive and reckless play eventually led to a flare-up, and while I thought it was going to be James Riley and he that tussled, instead it was young Miguel Montano. Whether the card should have been straight Red or not matters little. It was a moment that had been coming, and the Shea was in the Sounders heads. I honestly think that the team was destined to play down a man at some point. The call was made, and the Rave Green had to struggle for nearly 40 minutes to try and hang on. They couldn't.

Overall, the game left us with so much excitement, and potential. And yet this was certainly a draw that feels like a loss. It in ways reminds me of the first quarter of the season when the Sounders were good and didn't get results, rather than the second quarter of the season with bad Sounders, and worse results.

It also didn't leave much room for any attempt at a comeback on the season with the team averaging a mere point a game.

Stats and quotes after jump, deeper analysis after a rewatching.

Goals by Period




FC Dallas




Seattle Sounders





Scoring Summary:

SEA -- Fredy Montero 6 (James Riley 2, Mike Seamon 1) 14

DAL -- David Ferreira 4 (Heath Pearce 4) 87

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez (Zach Loyd 80), Daniel Hernandez, Dax McCarty, Marvin Chavez (Jeff Cunningham 64), Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Atiba Harris.

Substitutes Not Used:
 Anthony Wallace, Kyle Davies, Eric Alexander, Jason Yeisley, Josh Lambo. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Atiba Harris 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (David Ferreira 2); FOULS: 16 (Marvin Chavez 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Atiba Harris 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (David Ferreira 5); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 3)

Seattle Sounders
 -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez, Miguel Montano, Mike Seamon (Osvaldo Alonso 70), Nathan Sturgis, Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 62), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 78), Fredy Montero.

Substitutes Not Used:
 Tyrone Marshall, Pat Noonan, Zach Scott, Terry Boss. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Fredy Montero 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 12 (Leo Gonzalez 3); OFFSIDES: 5 (Fredy Montero 3); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Nathan Sturgis 2); SAVES: 4 (Kasey Keller 4)

Misconduct Summary:

DAL -- David Ferreira (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34

DAL -- Daniel Hernandez (caution; Reckless Foul) 49

SEA -- Leo Gonzalez (caution; Tactical Foul) 50

DAL -- Brek Shea (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56

SEA -- Miguel Montano (ejection; Violent Conduct) 56

DAL -- Dax McCarty (caution; Tactical Foul) 76

DAL -- Heath Pearce (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 84

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee's Assistants: -Cameron Blair; Peter Balciunas

4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 36,091

Time of Game: 1:50

Weather: Clear-and-70-degrees

All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas - July 11, 2010 - Quotes

Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC 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 changes. 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 . . .) "Montaño 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 played 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 - Sounders FC Goalkeeper

(On Miguel Montaño'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 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 [David] 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 - Sounders FC Defender

(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 [Nyassi] 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 [Keller] 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 Montaño - Sounders FC Midfielder

(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."

Schellas Hyndman - FC Dallas 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 [Keller] 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.

David Ferreria - FC Dallas Forward

(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 [Pearce], 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."

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