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FC Dallas vs. Sounders, recap: Short-handed Seattle draws despite playing up a man

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Given the chance to play up a man for 75 minutes, Seattle Sounders FC only take a point home with them from Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas locked down their goal and prevented a B-Team from capitalizing on their man advantage. The match ended 11 v 10 and nil-nil.

Early in the match things were all FCD, when on a counter Kellyn Acosta stuck his foot into Andy Rose. Advantage was played. Seattle couldn't score and Kevin Stott showed Acosta red. That 18th minute call was not enough of a benefit for a team that was missing five of its top six returning players from 2014.

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The starting lineup saw Cristian Roldan for the first time. Andy Rose and Chad Barrett also had their first starts of 2015. Seattle played in a 4-2-3-1 with Barrett at the top and the band of three going Neagle, Rose, Roldan from left to right.

Starting at centerback after a poor performance against San Jose, Brad Evans and partner Zach Scott helped Stefan Frei earn a clean sheet.

Chad Barrett did not have the magic of last season, clearly blowing three opportunities. An injury suffered on the last one gave Fife High School student Victor Mansaray his first minutes in MLS. Mansaray tried his patented outside boot cross and Rose nearly finished the goal while being NFL tackled.

Young Aaron Kovar and Oniel Fisher also played in the second half.

Seattle only had seven total shots and none were credited as on goal. Given the opportunity to steal three points from the league leaders the Sounders merely took one.