FRISCO, TEXAS (May 18, 2018) –The Seattle Sounders crumbled against FC Dallas, as Clint Dempsey was sent off in their 3-0 loss.
Sunday’s match marked their first game back after their midweek failure against Chivas in the CONCACAF Champions League. However, it didn’t go quite as planned.
The downfall began in the 37th minute when Clint Dempsey received a straight red card for hitting Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes in the groin area.
Referee Chris Penso headed to video review to replay the situation. His video assistant referee was Kevin Stott. After Penso pulled out a red card on Dempsey, the veteran forward proceeded to clap in Penso’s face as he walked away.
FC Dallas, aside from a 20th minute goal from Roland Lamah, ended the first half with no other goals.
The second half turned the tide for FC Dallas, as Maximiliano Urruti found the back of Stefan Frei’s net in the 58th minute. Only five minutes later, Lamah put another goal past Frei to record his second of the match.
Seattle, focusing mainly on defense throughout the match, couldn’t get an working attack offense going. Instead, the Sounders only took 12 shots with three on goal all saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.
On the other end, Frei was busy, as he was forced to make seven saves.
Three Takeaways From the Loss
- Too many reckless errors: FC Dallas was able to hit 10 shots on the frame out of 19 total shots. Many of the shots on goal were attempted on set plays, which were the results of four yellow cards and 11 fouls. Dempsey was clearly the most reckless player, but other yellow card recipients — Gustav Svensson, Lamar Neagle, Kim Kee-Hee and Kelvin Leerdam — are just as faulty.
- Cristian Roldan is Seattle’s best right now: Due to injuries to Jordan Morris, Will Bruin and Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan has an even bigger role. He has been Seattle’s best this season.
- Handwalla Bwana will break out soon: Head Coach Brian Schmetzer loves Hanwalla Bwana — and fans can see why. The 18-year-old had his hand in the little offensive action that went on before his substitution in the 64th minute.