Ugly and yet entertaining may be the best way to describe the 4-2 loss Saturday night for FC Dallas against the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders rode a big first half that saw them get goals from Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle before Dallas found two of their own in the early stages of the second half from Kenny Cooper and Michel.
But just as quickly as Dallas fought back in this one Seattle got another from Johnson. From that moment on, it was all Seattle as Obafemi Martins sealed the deal late in the match.
The big story though will be the red card to Blas Perez midway through the second half. Perez went up for a header against Leo Gonzalez and referee Mark Geiger found the elbow to be out just enough to give the hulking striker the early bath. It also didn't help that Gonzalez was busted up on the play.
Yeah, four goals against on the night largely do to some busted defense work in the back by Matt Hedges and London Woodberry. Dallas tried play the offside trap against a speed and skillful Seattle front line but the Sounders were crafty in finding ways in and around the high line. Both early goals were a result of it.
Dallas showed plenty of heart in this one though with the two second half goals. For about 20 minutes in the second half before the red to Perez, Dallas was the better club. Michel scored a ridiculous goal off the corner kick, a goal of the week candidate for sure. And his service to Cooper on the first Dallas goal was spot on.
No matter how you spin it, this was a bad game for Dallas. No intensity in the first half and just a mix bag of emotions from the second half. The unbeaten streak ends at nine and the team will be without Perez for the San Jose game next weekend in Frisco.
(More from this game soon)