In a battle for second place in MLS, Seattle Sounders handed FC Dallas their third home loss of the season, nipping Dallas 1-0 behind a 15th minute goal from attacking midfielder Mauro Rosales. The incident everyone will be talking about, however, is referee David Gantar's decision to give FCD midfielder Daniel Cruz a second yellow card for what he perceived to be a dive ten minutes into the second half.
Gantar called an incredible 40 fouls in the game and never really seemed to be in control. For Seattle, it's an absolutely vital win that pulls them up to second place in MLS, two points ahead of Dallas while FCD will be wondering what could have been if there was still 11 players on the field at the end of the game.
Read on for the post-game quote sheet
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General thoughts on the game...
"I thought it was a well fought match by both teams. There was a lot on the line. We had beaten Seattle on the road, 1-0. Then, a little bit of a mistake on one of our defenders gave them a chance in front of the goal. From that point in time we were trying to play catch-up. Our guys created a lot of opportunities, created some corner kick opportunities and in the second half, we really went at them. Unfortunately, we got called for a second yellow on Daniel Cruz, which made it really difficult for us. Our players showed a lot of character to continue to play, continue to go forward and continue to put Seattle and Kasey Keller under pressure. The thing you always have to be concerned about is character and attitude. Tonight we put everything we had on the line and came up a little bit short."
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Cruz
How do you feel following your first start for FC Dallas?
"I feel very bad because it was the first time I played here for our supporters. We lost the game and it was a decisive moment in the game when I went out, when I got the red card. To see how FC Dallas pushed Seattle with only 10 men was nice to see."
FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu
On changes to the back line...
"We just have to adjust. It comes down to communication and trusting the guy beside you. We're going to have to build that trust and just get an understanding as quickly as possible because games are coming quick right now."
Was fatigue an issue?
"You kind of get into a rhythm when you're playing these games. We're not training too much. We're just getting games to play. You can't blame it on fatigue. You have to just keep grinding. You have to keep going. You can't really stop and use it as an excuse. Other teams are playing games too. Every game you've got to turn it on a little bit, focus and go to work."
Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid
Thoughts on the game…
"I thought it was game where Dallas had more control of the game than we did but it was the same thing when we played in Seattle, we had more than they did. That was a game we were unfortunate to lose while tonight was a game we were fortunate to win. I thought we did well, we scored the opening goal, and we had some good chances early on and also later in the game.
Talk about the play of Kasey Keller and how big did he come up tonight…
"Not big, he came up huge. He made a huge save at the end of the day for us. He also dealt a lot with the crosses and made sure we stayed marked up."
Talk about the goal scored...
"It was a good play. Lamar [Neagle] got the ball on the left and looked inside for Fredy [Montero] and found him with the ball. Ugo [Ihemelu] may have got a little touch on it. Fredy then drew in the defenders and found Mauro [Rosales] and he finished it home past Kevin [Hartman].
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller
Thoughts on the game…
"For us, we haven’t been used to the heat at all, Today in Seattle was the first day over 80 degrees. Coming in here, having it be in the 100s, it is a little bit much. It was a tough game. We didn’t play as well as we should have. We scored a goal early and hung on for dear life. In the end if you’re going to win games in the playoffs you need to win games like this. It was a good show for us today, but we could have played better."
How big of a win is this with the MLS season coming to an end here in the next two months?
"It’s nice that we can jump ahead of Dallas, but we know there is a lot left to play in the season. It’s more of a confidence thing where you know you can go in and win on the road against a team that is in good form. We know we can play better, but at the end of the day we know both teams are most likely going to be in the playoffs and that is when it really counts."