Saturday’s match-up between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders looked to be a good one. Historically, these teams have played some unforgettable games in both the regular and post-season. Last night’s game, however, would be one to forget for both sides, as they settled for a 0-0 draw. FC Dallas’ 2017 playoff picture is looking very fuzzy right about now.
FC Dallas Playoff Picture Looks Bleak After Draw With Seattle Sounders
A warm Saturday evening in Frisco, TX played host to a 0-0 draw between Dallas and Seattle. Dallas come into the game looking for its first win in eight, while Seattle looked to remain top two in the Western Conference. A draw last night leaves Dallas winless in its last nine while also dropping them to eight in the conference standings. With this result, Seattle dropped to fourth. But, from eighth place FC Dallas to first place Vancouver, there is only a seven-point difference. Dallas have to find a way out of this downward slide if they want to make a playoff appearance in 2017. It looks like we’re set up for a wild finish to the MLS regular season in the Western Conference.
A Balanced Affair
Coming into last night’s match, it seemed FC Dallas may have had the upper hand. Seattle would be missing Brad Evans due to injury, as well as key striker Jordan Morris. FC Dallas were at full strength with no one on the injury report.
Dallas seemed the stronger team overall and were more dangerous on the attack. It seemed that the more likely goal-scoring chances fell to Dallas, but Seattle’s Stefan Frei wouldn’t let the ball past him. Seattle were able to find gaps between the Dallas midfield and defense and had several good chances on goal. Both teams finished with double digit total shots, but only forced a total of five saves between both keepers.
How Far will Dallas Fall?
This draw leaves Dallas winless in nine now, dropping them another spot below the playoff line. Since that late July 2-1 victory in Montreal, Dallas have squandered chances right and left. In this nine game skid, Dallas have been held scoreless five times. Of the seven goals Dallas has scored in this rut, three of them came in the 3-3 draw with Houston. The chances are there every game, but stats show that Dallas’ on-target shooting percentages are falling. Their conversion rate as well has plummeted. Not to take away anything from opposition goalkeeping, but nearing the end of the season, Dallas must find a way to score – and fast.
Eighth place is hard for Dallas fans to accept after the success of the last few seasons. You can feel the tension and frustration in just about everyone in Toyota Stadium at every home game. Empty seats and dwindling faith leaves everyone wondering if we’re past the point of no return. A trip north to Minnesota next Saturday looks promising on paper for Dallas. But recent form tells us nothing is given at this point. Six matches are left in the 2017 MLS regular season for Dallas. Will the Audi 2017 MLS Playoffs feature this Dallas side, or will they be watching from their couches?