Sometimes the road in Major League Soccer can be an unkind character to deal with each season. When it comes to going to the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the state of Washington to play the Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas has struggled mightily since the Sounders join MLS back in 2009.
FC Dallas has won win all time at CenturyLink Field. Every other trip to the Emerald City has been a tough time for Schellas Hyndman going 1-2-1 in the four trips to Seattle. This season Hyndman and company have two trips to Seattle, so getting over the hump on that turf will be a tough task to do.
Let's take a quick trip down memory lane shall we?
(Edit: These are just MLS regular season games, I've left out all USOC trips to Seattle from this!)
October 21, 2009 - Seattle 2, Dallas 1
Former striker Atiba Harris grabbed an early goal in the 14th minute but from there on it was all Seattle. Nate Jaqua (remember him?) and Brad Evans bagged second half goals to lift the Sounders over Dallas. This game was a bit of a sting to FC Dallas as they were just one point out of a playoff spot in 2009. A win would have put them in and put Real Salt Lake out. Boy, that would have made some league history different.
July 11, 2010 - Seattle 1, Dallas 1
One of the better showings for Dallas in Seattle. The Sounders grabbed an early lead thanks to Fredy Montero but after a slew of yellow cards and a red to Montero, David Ferreira found a late game-tying goal that helped keep the impressive summer unbeaten streak alive for Dallas on their way to a MLS Cup.
May 25, 2011 - Seattle 0, Dallas 1
The lone win in the Emerald City. Hard to forget this one too as was one of those breakout games for Brek Shea.
FC Dallas Goal of the Month: May 2011 (via bigdsoccer1)
The ball was perfect from Andrew Jacobson to Shea and it was all Dallas needed to win their first game in Seattle.
October 21, 2012 - Seattle 3, Dallas 1
Easily the worst result in Seattle (minus the USOC loss in 2011 too), Seattle dominated this one as Dallas pushing for a playoff spot late in the season. Blas Perez got an equalizer after a Brad Evans penalty kick was scored. But Evans would once again find the back of the net in the second half and Mauro Rosales put the game away for good late.