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Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

“Our internationals flew from long distances and gutted one out there, because it wasn’t easy.” -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 4 - FC Dallas 3

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Assistants: Ian B. Anderson, Jason White

Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 37,722

Weather: 50 degrees and light rain


SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Cristian Roldan) 18’

SEA - Jordan Morris (Joevin Jones, Raúl Ruidíaz) 22’

DAL - Reggie Cannon 39’

DAL - Matt Hedges (Michael Barrios) 64’

SEA - Jordan Morris (Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro) 74’

DAL - Bryan Acosta (Reto Ziegler) 82’

SEA - Jordan Morris (Raúl Ruidíaz) 113’


DAL - Bryan Acosta (caution) 25’

DAL - Reggie Cannon (caution) 44’

DAL - Jesse Gonzalez (caution) 88’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Luis Silva 111’), Román Torres, Kim Kee-hee, Brad Smith (Víctor Rodríguez 67’); Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 97’), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Jordan Morris (Jordy Delem 114’); Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Harry Shipp, Xavier Arreaga

Total shots: 24 (Ruidíaz, 6)

Shots on goal: 10 (Morris, 3)

Fouls: 12 (Ruidíaz, 4)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 7 (Lodeiro, 7)

Saves: 5 (Frei, 5)

FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Reggie Cannon, Hatt Hedges, Reto Ziegler - captain; Bressan (Paxton Pomykal, 77’), Ryan Hollingshead; Bryan Acosta, Brandon Servania (Edwin Cerrillo 108’); Michael Barrios, Jesus Ferreira (Santiago Mosquera 78’), Zdenek Ondrasek (Jacori Hayes 90’+5’)

Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Eric Alexander, John Nelson

Total shots: 24 (Acosta, 6)

Shots on goal: 8 (Mosquera/Servania, 2)

Fouls: 21 (Acosta/Servania, 4)

Offside: 1 (Cannon, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Ziegler, 6)

Saves: 5 (Gonzalez, 5)

Post-Match Quotes

On the game overall:

“I don’t know if I’ve compiled all my thoughts as of yet, I think this will take me a couple of days to figure out exactly what we did well, but then also what we can be better at, and what we can learn from the game. You know, my initial thought though is that we have a lot of guys on this squad that went out on international duty and it’s testament to always trying to get good players at this club, and you know I heard that they didn’t allow some of their guys in the U-23’s and they didn’t have as many, and our internationals flew from long distances and gutted one out there, because it wasn’t easy. Dallas was a little fresher than us in the second half, they put us under pressure in the beginning of the second half where I think we lost some control of the game. But our guys, were able to again, they do everything, they give everything to come back to win this game. And so that is testament to a really good mentality of that squad in there. That’s what you need to win playoff games, that’s what you need to win championships, is the right mentality. And so, I give again my guys all the credit in the world because they figured out a way to win, and I know it wasn’t pretty but it certainly was an exciting game.”

On what led him to stick with his group and have two subs left in the second half of extra time:

“The faith that I have in them. I mean, I had the faith in the guys on the bench, I mean we were starting to think about penalties and stuff like that but, but that was my choice. And certainly, guys have heavy legs and you think that you can you know bring a fresh guy on, that’s why it’s a team sport. But at the end of the day, you know I was going to pull Jordan earlier, and I didn’t pull Jordan, and what does he do? He scores the winner, so you know again it’s that little bit of balance of when you take off your best players and bring fresh players on, you know sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.”

On the two goals allowed against corner kicks:

“Well, not good. I mean we have to a) be better with our clearances. I think that’s number one. And two) we had a little spell early on that we gave up some set piece goals, and we will revisit that, we’ll watch the film. You know at the start of the second half we had Román spare and I think that worked well, but you know, it is something we definitely have to work on.”

On urgency communicated to players to get it done during extra time:

“Well, they didn’t want to go to PK’s, they were all tired. Taking a PK with heavy legs in never a good thing, so they were, that group, is a very complex, talented, funny, young, kind of group, and they will themselves again to, come up with you know a couple more quality moments where we could score the goal and not go to penalties.”

On the first 20 minutes of the second half:

“We sat back too much. It was like we were afraid to push out and defend. I felt that’s where they did certainly gain a lot of possession, yeah their possession was back here, but it tired us out it wore us down, and that’s where they got some chances, so you know I’ll have to rethink what I said at halftime, you know maybe I need to make sure that you know we went into halftime at 2-1 and it’s the, ‘Okay, let’s not give up another goal, let’s get the next one,’ you know all of those standard things, but you know I’ll take a look at what I said and try to do better because obviously we needed to give them the tools to come out in the second half and start that twenty minutes like we did the first 30 minutes.”


On playing for U.S. and then getting hat trick:

“Yeah it’s just good to be back playing in a playoff game. I was out the majority of 2017 and all of 2018 so to be back for this game is special.”

On sitting back after 2-0 lead:

“I think a little bit of both. Especially coming out in the second half we gave them all the possession, let them come to us. That’s not how we want to play, we let that happen a couple of times this year. With a lead like that we had a bunch of chances that we could have gone up 3-0 but then we let teams back in the game but at the end of the day we won and that’s all that matters.”

On new playoff format and how it related to intensity:

“Yeah, it’s those one games now, it’s pretty exciting obviously, it creates some intense atmospheres.”


On the feeling after the win:

“We are excited and happy because we won.”

On the performances of Jordan Morris and Stefan Frei:

“[Stefan] wore a lot of the load. And Jordan awesome because he’s a very player and he’s determined. We fought till the end.”

On what happened after being up 2-0:

“It was concentration. Dallas played better. We missed easy passes and we don’t run and we don’t fight. We lost ourselves for a few minutes. They were more confident and then they scored two goals and then it was really hard for us to start again. We win, but we must learn that we can’t give the game like [we did] today. This is the playoffs.”


On his performance this game:

“Kind of a weird game. 90 minutes, zero saves. Take three goals in the back of the net kind of sucks, I’m still thinking about that. Strange game, I think I got a taste of what the playoffs are like with the new format. The intensity was there, felt that in the stadium. Felt we had a great start in the first 20 or so minutes, unfortunately we took our foot off the pedal, let them come back in. Those are the things that I will look at, what could I have done better in the first ninety. Push us higher, keep us more engaged, find that third goal. Like I said, the intensity of the new format is there. Sometimes you’re just going to have to dig deep to get through.”

On his opinion of the new format:

“Absolutely. I think this is great. I think this is great for the league, great for football in this country. This whole chess game of not conceding at home and I think that this is two teams trying to realize their strengths, whether home or away you have to go for it. You can’t just sit back and hope for something else. You really have to go and earn it. It puts the emphasis on what you’re doing during the season as well.”

On what impressed him most about the Sounders today:

“We scored a bunch of goals. It’s always good when you can find the back of the net. You don’t want them to be in a drought. We need to shore up defensively as a team, I’m not putting it on the back four or anything. I think it was evident today on set pieces. That’s a full team effort on defense. But for our us to find that amount of goals, and really nice goals, I’m very happy. Hopefully they can utilize that confidence to keep firing on all cylinders.”


On his message to the team after the match:

“These are winners. These are winners and the result didn’t bounce our way. In terms of the way they live, their human qualities, their fight – they’re winners. I’m so proud and humbled to work with them and the staff. I don’t need to comment on the decisions going this way or that way. Credit to Seattle. Congrats to them. They have a good team, good players and a great environment. I’m proud of our boys, our family and our fans supporting us in the ups and the downs. We made a dog fight out of this. I also liked our futbol. I thought we played, we expressed ourselves, we lived. We’re going to hurt in the short term, but in the long term I see growth and I see amazing potential in our human beings, in our locker room and I’m looking forward to the future of working with this group and the staff.”

On how valuable this experience is for his young team:

“You need to suffer and need to have pain in your life to reaffirm that there’s a lot of work to do. The future is about fighting and getting up and trying again. This hurts, but I know we’re going to bounce back in the right way and work and keep building on our ideas. I think we’ve yet to show our potential. Let’s keep growing and I don’t think it’s a matter of if we can earn a (MLS) Cup for our club, it’s a matter of when. I’m looking forward to the next step with this group.”

On how the goal at the end of the first half changed the momentum:

“It’s hard to be down 2-0 in this type of environment where they could’ve pushed and maybe got a third goal, but I still liked the ideas our boys showed before we were even down one or 2-0 We had faith and belief that we were going to score. Yes, that was an important goal before the half to just reaffirm that ‘Hey, we’re playing a good game here. We’re competing well and let’s take it up a notch. Let’s actually play the second half the way we finished the first half.’ And I thought we executed that.”

On if he sensed if Seattle was getting tired in the second half:

“I’ll be honest, the focus was just on our boys and how we had to keep pushing. Seattle has a lot of personnel in that locker room. They’re well coached and have won the MLS before so they’re going to draw something to get back and fight. The focus was on our group to push. I would’ve liked to actually push and score before the overtime. I think our boys showed that – to go for it and to push and I have to be proud of that.”


On how his goal settled the team and changed the feel in the game:

“I think it breathed life into the team. I think the team was looking at the score, we were getting discouraged. It was tough because in those moments it is so easy to give up. You know working on myself mentally behind the scenes as soon as those two goals happened. I kind of smiled a little bit. I met it with a challenge. I was excited. Because, when things get tough like that you can’t give up then because that is just when the tides turn. That is exactly what happened. Two times behind and we come back both times and unfortunately it just didn’t bounce our way, we got unlucky, but that is the game. I couldn’t be prouder of this band of brothers right here. They fought their heart out and I couldn’t be prouder.”

On playing here in Seattle:

“Warriors. We don’t care about the environment. We don’t care. 30,000 fans. Whatever. It doesn’t matter to us, we are going to play our football. That showed today because this team of capable of so much and you saw a little bit of that today. There was no fear from us there was no hesitation. We just went out there and played football and had each other’s back and unfortunately it just didn’t bounce our way. I’m really proud of the way Luchi stepped into the coaching position this year. He has really pushed this team to be the best that it could be. I’m still disappointed. Seattle is a good team and I wish them the best.”

On your thoughts on lessons moving into next season:

“Youngest MLS roster. I mean. That is three words that is just kind of make you wonder how a team like that got this far. A lack of experience. A lack of veteran leadership. It is something that these guys have in them. In a couple of years it is going to show. This team is capable of winning so much. Players like Paxton, Brandon Servania, Jesus Ferreira. Getting those minuets and showing what they are truly capable of. That is Football to me. That is why I couldn’t be prouder of this group. Regardless of all the percentages, whatever you want to call it. This team fought with every ounce of there being.


On the match:

“We were able to have a comeback like that in Montreal. It was great to be able to come back and score those two goals. We were looking for that fourth goal but it wasn’t possible. It is time to turn the page and look ahead.”

On his goal and tying the match at three:

“Obviously I was in there in the box trying to get in there and score a goal. Get a rebound. Get some second ball and I was able to do so. It made a difference but obviously we still lost at the end.”

On having the momentum late in the match:

“Obviously it was good to get ahead. We wanted to win the game. It could have been possible. At the end I didn’t know what to do. Again, like I sai

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