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Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

“It’s not good enough, number one. We need to play better. I don’t mind if teams beat us and they play better than us, but before the red card, we didn’t play up to our potential.” -Brian Schmetzer



Seattle Sounders FC 0 - FC Dallas 3

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Venue: Toyota Stadium

Referee: Chris Penso

Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Apolinar Mariscal

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal

VAR: Kevin Stott

Attendance: 13,310

Weather: Clear


DAL - Roland Lamah (Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz) 20’

DAL - Maximiliano Urruti (Roland Lamah) 58’

DAL - Roland Lamah (Anton Nedyalkov) 63’


SEA - Clint Dempsey (ejection) 37’

SEA - Gustav Svensson (caution) 45’+2’

DAL - Anton Nedyalkov (caution) 65’

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 65’

SEA - Kim Kee-hee (caution) 76’

SEA - Lamar Neagle (caution) 89’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres - captain (Kim Kee-hee 74’), Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Harry Shipp (Lamar Neagle 52’), Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Handwalla Bwana (Alex Roldan 64’); Clint Dempsey

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Jordan McCrary, Jordy Delem, Henry Wingo

Total shots: 12 (Wolff Eikrem/Roldan, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 11 (Leerdam, 2)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Wolff Eikrem, 3)

Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)

FC Dallas - Jimmy Maurer; Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Anton Nedyalkov; Carlos Gruezo, Jacori Hayes (Paxton Pomykal 68’), Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz (Cristian Colman 80’), Roland Lamah (Santiago Mosquera 80’)

Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck, Maynor Figueroa, Ryan Hollingshead, Tesho Akindele

Total shots: 19 (Urruti, 7)

Shots on goal: 10 (Urruti, 4)

Fouls: 9 (Lamah, 2)

Offside: 1 (Lamah, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Diaz, 2)

Saves: 3 (Maurer, 3)


Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer

On today’s game…

Well, it’s not good enough, number one. We need to play better. I don’t mind if teams beat us and they play better than us, but before the red card, we didn’t play up to our potential. That’s something I have to take responsibility for, making sure the team comes out right, plays better, and away from home it’s always difficult. There are always challenges here in Dallas, and after the red card it was an uphill battle, for sure.

On his message at halftime...

Just to stay with it, stay 1-0. See if we couldn’t catch them on a counter, catch them on a set piece, just try and manufacture a goal… A long throw in, something to just be goal dangerous, but their second goal did us in.

On the MLS debut of Handwalla Bwana...

It was ok. He needs to grow into the game a little bit. It certainly wasn’t a good as a performance as against Chivas, but you can tell he’s a good player. He’s going to be a good MLS player. He’s just got to go through a little bit of a learning curve.

On the first MLS minutes for Alex Roldan...

Good. [He] came in and did exactly what I asked. [He] brought some energy and effort in to the game. I love the fact he tried to [beat] the goalkeeper [from distance]. That shows that he’s got good vision. He was dangerous there with another shot, so I was pleased with that.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Harry Shipp

On today’s game...

Obviously, we didn’t start well. I thought we could have been sharper all the way around starting with me and connecting passes. We started to get into the game in the first half and created a few chances. It’s tough once you go down a man, playing against a team that’s confident in warm weather. There was a lot of chasing the last 60 minutes or so, but we’ve got a few days off now to hit reset, come back in a refreshed state of mind.

On the mentality going into the second half down a man...

Keep it close. Take advantage of little things like set piece opportunities. We created some chances in the first half. We thought if we were able to keep it 1-0, maybe sneak a goal, but obviously after they got the second, then the third, it was tough. You have to keep fighting. It wasn’t the easiest, most enjoyable game to be playing, but that’s the times you have to be most mentally tough.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Cristian Roldan

On today’s game...

A difficult one. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot, a little bit. I thought that we were getting into the game and when something happens like that [red card] it alters the game completely, just like a goal. We kept grinding. That’s what the season is all about. MLS is about grinding out games, but unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win, but you can see the resilience the team has. At some point, though, we probably should have just stayed back and defended a little bit, try to keep the ball so we don’t tire ourselves out.

After the red card...

We tried. We tried to go for the game. It’s not like we tried to sit back and hope to keep it at 1-0, but at some point the dam broke and the second and third goals come along. In that sense, we hit the reset button at halftime. We felt like we could get them on set pieces and corner kicks. I thought we were effective on those. You’re heart drops at 3-0 and you just have to grind out the rest of the game.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Alex Roldan

On debuting in today’s game...

It’s always a downer when the team is losing, especially in the way that we did, but I was glad to get my feet wet with the first couple minutes today and just try to bring some energy to the game.

On playing with his older brother, Christian Roldan...

It was a good feeling. Not many people get to do that.

FC Dallas did not provide transcriptions for their post-match interviews, but videos are embedded below. Apple News users, head to FCD’s site to watch.

FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja:

FC Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti:

FC Dallas midfielder Roland Lamah:

FC Dallas defender Anton Nedyalov:

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