Saunders vs. FC Dallas, Recap: Messing with Texas

The Seattle Sounders bounced back after losing to LAFC Saturday host FC Dallas Beautiful Tuesday evening Seattle. The 1-0 win was the team’s first elimination since the road win over Toronto FCAnd the first clean sheet on the ground since the win Sporting Kansas City Back on June 23. The Sounders started creating challenges for the Dallas defense early on, with a good look from Nico Lodeiro that was saved by Dallas goalkeeper Martin Paes in the fourth minute. Seattle held the most possession, playing the ball around and creating a handful of good chances until the 37th minute when Jordan Morris ran in behind the defense and slashed the ball out of the air into the penalty area with his chest, but Paes cleared it as he came in for the ball. Nico Lodeiro took the penalty kick and did exactly what you’d expect, hitting the ball to his left and sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to give Seattle the lead more than 5 minutes before halftime.

This proved to be all they needed. Dallas did their best to apply pressure in the second half, getting plenty of shots, but neither team created much danger after the opening goal. Arguably the best chance in the second half came in the 86th minute when Nico Lodeiro hit a ball aimed at Jordan Morris and was unable to reach the winger. Fortunately, Nuhu ran from the defender’s blind side and picked up the ball and headed towards the goalkeeper. Unaware of his running mate, Raul Ruídias, who was available to score, Nuhu went to shoot and the goalkeeper kept him away from scoring. The win moves the Sounders to sixth place and the playoff spot. They will return to work on Saturday, August 6 at noon while they are traveling to face Atlanta United.

4′- The Sounders get their first good chance of the match as Jordan Morris showed some good control to drop the ball and play Nico Lodeiro, but his shot was saved.

7′- Léo Chú shows a bit of speed and an excellent touch or two to keep the ball in play and create a dangerous right-side opportunity, but Dallas puts it in a layup.

37′- Morris rose to control with a cross, but was cleared by Dallas goalkeeper Martin Paese. Sanders penalty.

39′- Nico Lodeiro gets to the spot and shoots it to his left, sending the goalkeeper in the other direction! Sounders goal! 1-0

44′- Freddy Monteiro is taken out near the top of the penalty area, and Lodeiro steps up to take a free kick. His shot hit hard and centered well, but the goalkeeper passed it well to save it.

54′- Morris nearly doubled the lead, ran on a loose ball and hit the ball off D, but his shot went wide of the post.

86′- Nouhou comes close to opening his Sounders account as if he’s running on a ball from Lodeiro, but his shot is stopped when GK drops it.

The return of Raul Ruediaz: He only had 5 touchdowns, none of which were shots, but Raul Ruídias is back on the field for the first time since coming off with a hamstring injury. Portland Timbers On July 9. He only played for 30 minutes, did some good runs, and didn’t pull out due to another muscle injury. I take it as a win! If the Sounders are going to get hot and make a bit of noise in the playoffs, she’s going to need Ruediaz, so getting him back on the field, healthy and in rhythm is essential.

A little spine in the midline: Christian Roldan and Albert Rusnak won’t magically become tough as nail destroyers, but against Dallas they showed they can still provide some toughness during the middle when the game suits them. The two were only combined for 3 tackles – in which they had a 100% success rate – but they went 4 vs 6 and 3 vs 4 respectively in duels, making 3 combined interceptions and 15 recoveries as they helped the coach take possession of the middle of the park.

perfection limit: It’s hard to overstate the value of perfection. In any circumstance, doing something perfectly is something to cherish, no matter how small. When perfection becomes the norm, it is easy to overlook. To take it for granted. Nico Lodeiro has a strong presence in that region. Somehow, he never missed a penalty in regular seasonal play. Tonight’s penalty shootout was his 18th penalty kick. It is invaluable to have the comfort and confidence of knowing that if Lodeiro is in the match and the boys win a penalty, it will be in the net. The long streak may continue.

He is alive!

18- Nico Lodeiro is an 18 to 18 penalty kick in regular MLS season play


man of the match

  • 17%

    Albert Rusnack

    (18 votes)

  • 24%

    Christian Roldan

    (26 votes)

105 votes total

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