Seattle Sounders FC 1 - FC Dallas 2
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Apolinar Mariscal, Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
VAR: Hilario Grajeda
Weather: 72 degrees and rain
DAL - Xaiver Arreaga (OG) 33’
DAL - Brad Smith (OG) 38’
SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Will Bruin, Alex Roldan) 65’
SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 38’
DAL - Bryan Acosta (caution) 44’
DAL - Jesus Ferreira (caution) 71’
DAL - Zdenek Ondrasek (caution) 84’
DAL - Carlos Gruezo (caution) 90’+5’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Xavier Arreaga, Brad Smith; Gustav Svensson (Will Bruin HT), Jordy Delem, Alex Roldan (Joevin Jones 77’), Cristian Roldan, Harry Shipp (Handwalla Bwana 56’); Raúl Ruidíaz
Substitutes not used: Trey Muse, Jonathan Campbell, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Nouhou
Total shots: 5 (Arreaga, 2)
Shots on goal: 2 (Ruidíaz/Jones, 1)
Fouls: 9 (Ruidíaz/Leerdam, 2)
Offside: 1 (Bruin, 1)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Bwana, 4)
Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)
FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Bressan, John Nelson; Bryan Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios (Reggie Cannon 89’), Thomas Roberts (Jacori Hayes 64’), Dominique Badji; Jesus Ferreira (Bryan Reynolds 72’)
Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Zdenek Ondrasek, Francis Atuahene, Ema Twumasi
Total shots: 14 (Acosta, 4)
Shots on goal: 1 (Ferreira, 1)
Fouls: 11 (Acosta, 3)
Offside: 1 (Badji, 1)
Corner-kicks: 5 (Acosta, 5)
Saves: 1 (Gonzalez, 1)
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer
General thoughts on the match...
Similar to Sporting KC, I thought the second goal killed us. It’s just a bad goal to take. It gave them momentum going into the half and you can’t dig yourself a hole doing nothing all the time and expect to win, especially on the road.
On the team’s half time talk...
We just tried some tactical adjustments. Gustav [Svensson] did the best he could, his first game back and it was a planned sub. We have a game plan we need to execute, and we need to keep a clean sheet to give us a chance to go. A couple of unfortunate own goals, you never know when Xavi [Arreaga] heads the ball whether it will go to one of their players or one of ours clears it out. The other one we let them slip in on the set piece, and brad unfortunately stuck it in. That happens and I much rather have our luck be better at the end of the year than have few lucky bounces here on the road. The overall message at half time was we needed to be better.
On Raul Ruidiaz’s performance...
It was good, he had another chance where he controls the ball clean in the box. Had a couple other chances where they go stuck in his foot. Goal scorers are good in the sense that he’s coming back and scoring goals. That gets him into some rhythm, and eventually he’s going to break for multiple goals.
On Xavier Arreaga first start...
Good, I think he just needs to learn the player in the league. That’s going to be his challenge this year. Again, he had a solid performance and my expectations are very limited right now. He’s only handling four to five training session and it’s only his second game.
Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei
Thoughts on the match...
The first half was pretty garbage, it’s something to look at. It’s our second game on the road where we come out flat in the first half. We put in a lot of work in the second half to climb back, but we didn’t have enough time nor enough juice. We just got to come out stronger and mentally a bit more prepared to not make errors. I am not talking about the two goals specifically, but giving the ball away poorly, first touches, simple passes. Those are the things that are small but add up at the end. In these last couple of games in the first half, we have not been able to do the simple things well. Therefore, we find ourselves in holes. That is something we need to fix.
Message at half time...
We don’t have to say much; everybody knows it’s not good enough. There is no grand speech needed, if that’s your standard then you’re proud of that when there is something wrong. Just have some pride in what you do. Again, it’s very frustrating because we put in a lot of work out there today in the second half. It leads to nothing. If Raul [Ruidiaz] came out like that from the beginning and put opponents on their back foot, then they would have to chase the game. We need to play with a little bit more aggressiveness and a little bit more of confidence. At Kansas we found a way to play ourselves into the game, and these last two we found our way to play out of games.
On Xavier Arreaga’s performance...
Very good, he still needs some time to gel and we need to figure out each other’s tendencies. He’s getting used to this teams play style. I’m asked to use my feet a lot and mi used as an anchor point back there. It gives him more space to get out wider, when Roman has the ball he doesn’t have to come inside. He can stay wide and we can switch the ball trough me or straight to him. Those are all things that come with time, but I am happy with what I am seeing right now. Hopefully we can progress from this.
FC Dallas midfielder Cristian Roldan
General thoughts on the match...
I think it’s disappointing overall, we never gave ourselves the chance to start on the right note. I felt that we were a little timid at first. The two goals woke us up but that’s disappointing and it’s something we have addressed amongst ourselves. Hopefully for our game against Montreal going forward, that we can put ourselves in the right positions since kick off.
On the team getting back into the match...
I felt the second half in particular, where we were solid in terms of trying to keep the ball, making chances, trying to make them run on a warm day. I feel like the chances they got were because of our sloppiness, and our mishandling of the ball. That’s something that you clean up but, in the end, I felt like the second half was better. You take that as a positive but overall it was disappointing to not get the result.
On the performances of the new signings...
That’s why you sign quality players, to have guys and have a big roster. You need to have talented players especially during these international breaks to be able to play in these games. It’s really the next man up, JJ [Joevin Jones] had a dangerous ball into the box that we could’ve done better with, and Xavier with his composure helped us in the second half. Like I said a little bit of sloppiness overall. You have to take it to the chin and move forward.