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Winners & Losers: Sounders 0, FC Dallas 0

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Seattle couldn’t beat an effective bunker.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

We’ve started this new series where we talk about five things we’d like to see ahead of every match. We really hope you like it. It’s fun content to do. Since doing that, we figured we’d use this piece of content to see how those things went. Don’t worry, I’ll still write about whatever I want.

Winners

Dispel the ‘most dangerous lead’ narrative

You can’t blow a 2-0 lead if you never get one! But really, if there was going to be a team that won last night, it was going to be the Sounders. Did they deserve to win? Eh, I don’t know. They weren’t great. But, FC Dallas sure as hell didn’t. The Sounders controlled large portions of the match and looked dangerous at times. More importantly, they looked solid at the back even though their two centerbacks shared 3 yellow cards and 6 fouls. Overall, I feel like this is a defensive performance the team can build on.

Another step forward by V8R

For the second straight game, the introduction of Victor Rodriguez as a sub changed the likelihood that the Sounders would score. The Sounders look stale coming out of halftime, and Rodriguez injected life and movement into the offense. Maybe not all hope is lost for Victor this season? I’m hoping he can provide something to close out the season.

Losers

Dropped Points

“It’s always two points dropped when you draw at home,” head coach Brian Schmetzer said after the game. This is especially true in a match where you dictate so much of the game. FC Dallas came into that game looking for just one thing, and they left with that one thing. Seattle has to quickly find a way to break teams down that have no interest in attacking.

Ending a match in a timely fashion

Kim Kee-hee received a yellow card at 90’+11’! That’s one hundred and one minutes. That’s so many minutes to have happened in a soccer game. And, the ridiculous thing is, it probably wasn’t long enough because Jesse Gonzalez had to change his freaking contacts. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. That was some S Tier time wasting. Game recognizes game.

FC Dallas getting a point for the first time since 2010

Weird things happen in weird games. Dallas is usually awful in Seattle, and they were definitely awful last night. Their awfulness was rewarded with a point. Sometimes awfulness wins.