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

“I thought we had a little bit of control this game. It’s always two points dropped [at home].” -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 0 - FC Dallas 0

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Gianni Facchini, Gjovalin Bori

Fourth Official: Mark Allatin

VAR: Ricardo Salazar

Attendance: 37,722

Weather: 61 degrees and partly cloudy




SEA - Xavier Arreaga (caution) 24’

DAL - Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 67’

SEA - Xavier Arreaga (ejection) 86’

SEA - Kim Kee-hee (caution) 90’+11’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou (Víctor Rodríguez 65’); Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem (Jordan Morris 74’), Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Joevin Jones; Raúl Ruidíaz (Harry Shipp 90’+3’)

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Emanuel Cecchini, Luis Silva

Total shots: 14 (Three players, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Three players, 3)

Offside: 1 (C. Roldan, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Lodeiro, 4)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Bressan (Reggie Cannon 74’), Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler - captain; Bryan Acosta, Jesus Ferreira (Jacori Hayes 76’), Brandon Servania; Dominique Badji (Santiago Mosquera 81’), Michael Barrios, Paxton Pomykal

Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Zdenek Ondrasek, John Nelson, Edwin Cerrillo

Total shots: 9 (Barrios, 2)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 16 (Barrios/Pomykal, 4)

Offside: 2 (Badji/Hollingshead, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Barrios, 2)

Saves: 3 (Gonzalez, 3)


On if this match was two points dropped:

“It’s always two points dropped when you draw against a team at home. I mean, if you look at the outcome of the New England game, I’m trying to think what other game we drew at home after we had somewhat control, I thought we had a little bit of control this game. It’s always two points dropped.”

On this being the club’s first shutout since July 27 at Houston:

“Thank you for that little bit of positivity. Well, I’m sure we will, you know, be happy about that at some point, just not right now. Soccer is a team sport, you have to have both sides working on the ball, working at the same time. So we are definitely happy that the defense got a clean sheet. So that is definitely a positive.”

On the scoring troubles:

“Well I think it was a combination of a couple things. I mean look, we weren’t sharp in the first half. We weren’t, it took us a while to get going. In the second half I thought we played better, we had some good half chances, you know a couple crosses went astray or to the wrong guy, the movement wasn’t there, it always just seemed that something little was off. Could have been heavy legs, could have been you know, again having to change the team again, but you know, overall, I thought the second half we were much, much better, we did create some good chances and it’s a shame that we couldn’t get one of them.”

On playing D.C. United on Sunday:

“We have a little bit more rest now, we have one extra day. We’ll get everybody, start the re-gen process tomorrow, you know we have a full travel day. So, they’ll have some mental downtime, they’ll have some physical downtime, and then we’ll get back up on the horse and we’ll try and make the best decisions we can going forward. Nobody in that locker room, there’s no new injuries to report, I’ll give it to you like that.”


On what Dallas did to make it difficult to break them down:

“They are very compact, they play on a low block, they have guys that are able to sacrifice a little of their game to make our lives difficult. You come in here midweek, you know it’s going to be difficult, you know it’s going to be a battle, it’s going to be a very difficult game to play in. If you make things difficult by sitting in, then you know you’ll obviously limit our chances of scoring, but it was more so us not being sharp enough, just being a little bit too sloppy on the given day. Unfortunately we couldn’t come out on top.”

On what FC Dallas did to make things difficult:

“I think that when we were playing into the pockets, they did a good job of closing us down and making it very difficult. They made us play out wide quite often and when we were in the pocket, you have to be very clean on the touch to turn and face forward. Unfortunately we weren’t as clean or as sharp as we could have been, and now you have to bounce back and play a difficult D.C. United side.”


On what Dallas did to make it difficult to break them down:

“They sit very deep when we played away in Dallas they took a little bit more risk. I didn’t think they would sit that deep.”

On the pace of play in the first half:

“Every time the game stopped, we tried to get into a rhythm and they tried to break it.”

On the lack of fluidity:

“I think everything. We played three days ago. I still think we were the better team, and that we could have gotten three points.”

On them sitting deep:

“Yeah, I was surprised. I didn’t expect it.”


On the match:

“A good point. A positive point. I thought the boys showed a good reaction to the last game to come to a difficult place to earn points. I thought we were pretty disciplined together as a block and we still had moments of high press. We wanted to make it difficult for them to try and play out. Then in our mid and low blocks, which they had us in a few times and often especially toward the end, we needed to show a sacrifice and a suffering for each other to keep them away from our box. We prevailed defensively and kept zero in our net so that’s really positive. Offensively I think we got near the box with some open space to create some quick attacks and we didn’t get one so we want to keep improving that no matter where we play. I have to be very proud of the boys, again, to respond and show defensive effort like that coming after a disappointing loss in Chicago. To do that now in Seattle is a positive step for us and we want to take that foundation – the defensive foundation – and implement a little bit more aggressiveness to attack in the opportunity we have on Sunday against New York City.”

On how important this result is going forward in the playoff race:

“Like I said, every point counts. Every team is trying to inch their way above the playoff line. I think the positive is those teams also in a playoff situation are playing each other so they could be taking points off of each other, but we can’t control that. We’ll see what happens, but we have to keep taking care of our business. We’ve got three games left, two at home, and the next opportunity is to maximize and get all three points in all three games and take it one game at a time.”

On Paxton Pomykal playing on the right wing:

“Without the ball, he’s a disciplined player. He’s making an effort to be connected with the fullback and create a two-versus-two defensively. He made that sacrifice tonight. And then with the ball he’s smart. He helps us in build and he can hurt on the dribble carrying the ball. He can hurt in movement between lines and combinations. He got a few good services. We’d like to get him closer in and around the box to get on the end of something, but I thought he showed some good versatility to play a position that he normally doesn’t play for us and help the team get a point tonight.”


On the game:

“I thought we played good, we did a lot of good things that we set out to do at the beginning and that we trained during the week. It’s a tough atmosphere to play here and to walk away with the point is good. We always wanted three but to take the point and then just focus on the next few games.”

On the importance of a shutout after the Chicago game:

“We are all proud of the response that we had. We didn’t have the best game in Chicago but we all moved past that and we were able to focus. Seattle is a tough team and a tough place to play and we were very focused and accomplished the things that we wanted to. Unfortunately you don’t get the goal or anything but we got a good point.”

On the importance of getting back above the playoff line:

“It’s huge. That’s our goal right now, from second to eighth is really tight in the West and all these points matter and trying to make the most of them and go back home.”

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