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Seattle Sounders Vs. FC Dallas: Worst Loss Of The Year? Sure Feels That Way

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SEATTLE - MAY 25:  Michael Fucito #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC battles George John #14 of FC Dallas at Qwest Field on May 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. FC Dallas defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - MAY 25: Michael Fucito #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC battles George John #14 of FC Dallas at Qwest Field on May 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. FC Dallas defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Honestly not sure what to say about this one. I guess you need to give Sigi Schmid some credit for trying a pretty drastic lineup change. Mike Fucito got the start alongside Fredy Montero at forward, Zach Scott was given a rare opportunity at right back and the midfield featured both Mauro Rosales and Erik Friberg.

Most of those changes yielded positive results, at least in the sense that the Sounders created plenty of opportunities, dominated possession and probably deserved a better result than a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas. But that's what they got, and, frankly, it feels pretty awful.

I didn't attend the post-game press conference, but it seems pretty clear that the Sounders were pretty frustrated themselves, which maybe is a good thing. Schmid seemed to be particularly frustrated with Montero, who has just two goals through 11 matches, and seems to have turned more into a creator than the scorer this team really needs him to be.

"He needs to score. End of story. He needs to score," Schmid said of Montero. "That's what he's paid to do. He needs to score. He's a good enough player, and he knows that. He can play-make, he can set things up, (Mauro) Rosales needs to score the goal off Fredy's pass. That was a great pass. That's one that's got to be in the back of the net. How many clean chances did they have? Not many and they scored. It's the difference in the game. That's what you get paid to do. It's a difficult task, but it's the task at hand."

Outside of Rosales' 43rd minute chance, which was probably the cleanest look the Sounders got all night, there were several other good chances. Friberg had a shot that was cleared off the line by Zach Loyd and Fucito had one shot tipped over the crossbar by FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and put another shot off the post. Fucito also seemed to draw a penalty that went uncalled.

Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter that the Sounders outshot the Toros 19-7. It doesn't matter that they possessed the ball 66 percent of the time or that completed more than twice as many passes. All that really matters is Brek Shea managed to finish FC Dallas' one good chance, and the Sounders couldn't finish any. 

There might be reinforcements coming at some point, but that's still months away. The Sounders are going to need to turn this around with the players they have here. Let's hope they can.