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Big second half propels Seattle Sounders over FC Dallas 3-0

Rough second half sees FC Dallas leave Seattle empty handed.

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The Seattle Sounders scored three second half goals on their way to beating FC Dallas 3-0 on Saturday night.

Seattle got goals from Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins and Leo Gonzalez in route to beating FC Dallas and improving their Western Conference lead.

Dallas entered the match with several key players missing for international duty, injuries and with one suspended. This put pressure on head coach Oscar Pareja to shake things up with his lineup by starting several different faces in new spots, including Homegrown midfielder Alex Zendejas, who tied the club record for youngest player to start a game. The shake up in the starting eleven kept the Sounders at bay for the first 50 minutes of the match.

Dallas had two good chances in the first half with both failing to find the back of the net. In the 28th minute, Fabian Castillo got free in the penalty box after beating Zach Scott but his shot would ping off the post.

Minutes following that Kyle Bekker would get a great pass from Blas Perez. The Canadian international would fire a shot on goal by Seattle keeper Stefan Frei would be up to the challenge and would make the save.

Seattle would find a break through thanks to some bad give aways in the Dallas defensive end in the second half as Brad Evans would steal a ball from Victor Ulloa in the 55th minute and would feed Neagle, who would rifle a shot by Dan Kennedy for the game's first goal.

The Sounders would add a second goal in the 73rd minute with Martins making a big play on Bekker in the penalty box. Martins would get the ball from Andy Rose on the far end of the penalty box. He would muscle his way by Bekker before ripping a hard shot by Kennedy.

Seattle would add one final goal in stoppage time in this one too. Neagle and Martins would be at the center of this one again as they would find Gonzalez available to slot home the third and final goal of the game.

FC Dallas returns to action next Tuesday as they enter the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup fourth round against the Oklahoma City Energy FC at TCU. Their next MLS match will be next weekend at Colorado.