FC Dallas – Seattle Sounders: Seattle Fail To Overcome A Pair Of Own Goals In Dallas (2-1)
Despite coming into the match as one of the best teams in the MLS, a poor first half showing from Seattle and a bit of fortune for Dallas proved terminal for their chances at picking up three points on Saturday evening. Changes at half-time almost saved face, but Dallas saw out the remainder of the match to win a huge moral boosting result.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
We enter a strange period of the Major League Soccer season. While still relatively early in the season, many clubs at the middle or lower portions of the conferences are close to “must-win” stages. Another factor that contributes to the oddness of this phase is the international calendar that takes place over the summer months. Various MLS clubs lose their best players at inopportune moments. Even the clubs in good form encounter some incredibly difficult circumstances in the coming two months.
FC Dallas are one of the clubs sin the “must-win” zone, currently clinging to a playoff spot and coming into this match with only two points out of their past six matches. With a current goal difference of minus one - and missing young stars such as Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania to the U20 World Cup - Saturday evening’s match will not be one to have filled supporters which much confidence pre-match.
Seattle on the other-hand are one of the class outfits in the division, starting the season extremely strongly in third place in the Western Conference. However as mentioned previously, June and July will test the strength in depth that Brian Schmetzer’s team have at their disposal. Twelve players on their roster are in contention for . . .