SEATTLE, WA (October 15, 2017) – FC Dallas headed into Seattle knowing what needed to be done. Three points against Seattle Sounders FC is no easy feat, but they had to find a way. Instead, FC Dallas lose in Seattle, taking an embarrassing 4-0 whooping. Will Bruin and company proved to be too much for the Dallas side, who failed to show up once again. As a team that has showed mental lapses time and time again, it might be best for FC Dallas to finish below the playoff line.
FC Dallas Lose in Seattle – Down to Final Chance
Dallas Deplorable Defending
It was a fairly even first half between the two sides. Seattle’s chances surely looking more dangerous than Dallas’, but shots between them were close. In the 31st minute, a terrible half-backheel pass from Javier Morales set up a quick counter for Seattle. Three touches of the ball by Seattle and the ball was in the net. Javi’s poor touch fell in stride for Clint Dempsey, who took a quick touch and slotted a through ball to Victor Rodriguez. Victor took a touch and calmly placed the game’s first goal around Jesse Gonzalez.
Dallas came out in the 2nd half looking to pressure Seattle, but Stefan Frei and the defense were up to the task. Just past the hour mark, Seattle would double the lead. Kelvin Leerdam cut in from the right side and found a streaking Dempsey just outside the box. He took a quick shot through the legs of Matt Hedges, and forced a save out of Jesse Gonzalez, who was unable to hold it, and Will Bruin capitalized.
Just three minutes later, Bruin would double his tally. Bruin found himself in the box but had a bad touch, but thankfully the Dallas’ defense was there to give it right back. Dallas was unable to clear, and the ball found itself right back to Bruin facing goal, and would finish the easiest goal of the night.
Dallas would continue to surrender the game for the rest of the second half. The defense refused to step up, and instead allowed Seattle to basically walk up to the 18 yard box before pressing. The Sounders enjoyed holding possession and finding simple one-two passes around the Dallas midfield. Late second half substitute Lamar Neagle would add salt to the wounds in stoppage time, and the final score ended 4-0.
Seemingly All Lost
Dallas fans were thrilled early in the season. Not really finishing the 2016 season off the way we wanted, but winning two trophies in that season showed us something. Starting off the 2017 season strong as well, it seemed they would be on pace to maybe even go for three this season. The pride of seeing our players called up for national team duty as well showed recognition of the team’s success. But when those players returned from national team duty, it seemed like they were not the same players. Imagine someone borrowing your car for the weekend, and then returning it with dents, scratches, and a new paint job. Or even worse, borrowing your car, and then returning a bicycle. When Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta returned from USMNT duty, they were not, and have not, been the same players. World Cup Qualification, extra travel, and extra practices have certainly taken a toll on their play. This FC Dallas team never looked the same, and is still struggling to find that extra gear. These last several months have been a rude awakening for all of us. Good teams find a way out of these struggles. Dallas has come up short in just about every aspect of the game. It has come to the point where most FC Dallas supporters even wonder if making the playoffs is worth it. Based on how we’ve been playing recently (and especially tonight in Seattle), I’m not sure we deserve that chance of being embarrassed in the playoffs.
One Last Chance
Decision Day 2017 will be one of the wildest ones in recent times. The Eastern Conference has their teams, just unsure of placement. The Western Conference though has left tons of uncertainty and excitement (or anger/fear/concern) for soccer fans to look forward to. Dallas will head back home to prepare to face a LA Galaxy side that has really disappointed this season and will not be in the 2017 Playoffs.
Dallas must find three points at home. I’ve said this a lot over the last several months, but it will be the last time for 2017. With San Jose earning a point away in Vancouver tonight, they have jumped ahead of Dallas in the standings based on total wins. And for San Jose, they will head back home to face Minnesota United in their final regular season game.
All the chips are on the table now. Teams have made the final turn and are heading towards the checkered flag. Dallas has run out of gas and are limping to the finish line. Can they find a way into the playoffs? And if they do happen to do so, is there even a chance they could advance past the first round? Decision Day cometh, and that right soon.