Some post-game stuff and other assorted reading for your Friday morning. Our chalkboard feature will be back later this morning so be on the lookout for that as well as a look at Columbus and then hopefully 3 questions on Saturday morning. Let's get to the news...
Steve Hunt writes for the Dallas Morning News that Fredy Montero was a one man wrecking crew.
Seattle (7-1-1, 22 points) won its fifth straight and earned its third consecutive shutout while Dallas, which was without four starters because of suspensions and injuries, lost its second straight and fell for the third time in its last four matches. FCD’s last win came nearly a month ago, when it beat Montreal, 2-1 in Frisco on April 14.
EJ Holland writes that the Brek Shea sub came just a little too late
"I don’t think it was a 2-0 game," Shea said. "I think the first half goes both ways, but I think in the beginning of the second half, we really dominated. That’s the game of soccer. They had two chances, and they put them away."
I wrote about the three plays that changed the game on Wednesday.
The midfielder headed the ball smartly across the box to Scott Sealy, whose headed effort was literally clawed onto the post by Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith. Sealy’s follow up effort fell to Meredith and the goal that FCD probably deserved from the first half never came. Multiple players mentioned that save after the game as the moment that probably changed the game.
For some post-game discussion from the Seattle side, check out Sounder At Heart but do not troll
It was not a great game from the Sounders. For only the second time this year Seattle lost the duels battle, the shots battle and the passing advantage battle. That other match? The 6-1 loss to Santos Laguna. Fortune smiled on Seattle. This wasn't a match they should win. But they did.
Some in Seattle are already preparing the parade route apparently. I think they should win a playoff series first, something they've never done.
Now that they they are off to the fastest eight-game start in their brief history, there is increasing discussion that the Sounders have upgraded their talent to not only survive injury and win a post-season series for the first time, but to take the MLS Cup.
FC Dallas TV guy Jonathan Yardley has been doing some cool recaps of the games he broadcasts and here is his recap of the Seattle game.
So I finished off a frenetic stretch of games, by my standards at least, with the FC Dallas home game against the Seattle Sounders last night. It was my fifth Dallas game in 19 days, which of course is far more taxing for the players than for me!
Brek Shea has a new entry on his Goal.com blog and he wants to battle Skip Bayless
I know people think I am a quiet guy but when it comes to sports, I can debate with anyone. So right here on this blog, I'm starting the campaign. In the comment box below, I want MLS fans, FC Dallas fans and United States national team fans to get the ball rolling sharing your thoughts.
Finally, this Grant Wahl piece on Giuseppi Rossi and his injury troubles is a must read.
Now 25, Rossi should be readying to lead Italy at Euro 2012 starting next month. Instead he's in the middle of a catastrophic injury run. Rossi tore his right ACL last October and, just as he was preparing to return, tore it again in training last month. By the time Rossi is scheduled to play again in early 2013, he will have been out for at least 14 months from competitive soccer.