FC Dallas moved back to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Seattle.
SEA – Nicolas Lodeiro 41
DAL – Maxi Urruti 79
DAL – Carlos Ruiz (Mauro Diaz) 89
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta (Victor Ulloa 37, Carlos Ruiz 77), Tesho (Mauro Rosales 67), Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Aubrey David, Norberto Paparatto, Getterson.
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall (Zach Scott 63), Joevin Jones, Tyrone Mears, Roman Torres, Cristian Roldan, Nicolas Lodeiro, Alvaro Fernandez (Aaron Kovar 74), Erik Friberg, Jordan Morris, Herculez Gomez (Oneil Fisher 88).
Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Miller, Michael Farfan, Tony Alfaro, Darwin Jones.
Misconduct Summary: DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 40
DAL – Maxi Urruti (caution) 45+1
SEA – Tyrone Mears (caution) 58
Referee: Mark Geiger
AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Ted Unkel
Weather: Sunny, 88
Attendance: 14, 468
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the match…We’re leading the league again. It was a very difficult game. I thought it was very obvious that we were not sharp. In the first half, the game was very rocky for both teams. I don’t know if the weather, the wind or something took an effect on the game, but it was not what the teams wanted. But, with the goal that we gave up on the free kick, it started waking us up. It brought us back to the rhythm, and the second half was pretty much like (normal) us. Despite all the friction that we received and contacts that resulted in injuries, our players were able to keep pushing and they were rewarded at the end with a goal from someone who has been brought to this team to score that kind of goal, and hopefully many more.
On Carlos Ruiz…
Carlos is naturally a goal scorer. He scores goals. In training he has been working hard. We went away from putting him in exhaustive training or fitness training. We know that Carlos came to help us in moments like this so we put him in front of the goal regularly in trainings, just saving his energy for those key moments, and tonight was a good example.
On what motivates the team for comeback wins like this…
We try to help them from the sidelines. It’s our job, but the character of the group and the resilience they have had during the season are incredible. I respect them. I admire this group of players. It is a privilege for me to see them fighting for every single ball in every single minute. For me, it’s easy to coach them. It’s just some ideas, but the execution is all players. Tonight was a good example of it.
On veteran leadership of Mauro Rosales and Carlos Ruiz…
They are players made to come in at key moments and change the course of games. They may not have 90, 100 minutes, or be playing constantly, but we have been using their brains and their experience. They are what we needed with this young group. They have brought experience, ideas, commitment, and one more time, tonight was a good example of their roles with this group. It’s not easy for players like them to be sitting on the bench waiting, and they have done a terrific job.
On Mauro Diaz’s injury…
I’m waiting (to learn more), but we need to protect players. The friction tonight was too much. It is sometimes not tangible, it’s not something you can see, but it’s one after another after another, and then you pay the price.
On Kellyn Acosta’s injury…
We will wait to be accurate and precise with the information.
FC Dallas forward Maxi Urruti
On playing with Carlos Ruiz…
He is a very experienced player. It’s like having Ronaldo as far as experience. It’s great to have him here with all that I can learn from him. We were both able to score goals tonight. Hopefully we can keep it going.
On playing two games in the next week…
The team is strong. We’ll try and keep it going like we have all year. We have two difficult games left, but we’re going to try our best to win both games. The team is strong.
FC Dallas forward Carlos Ruiz
On scoring his first goal of the season at the most important time…
I am very happy. I am glad to be here. This is a miracle. I am a believer. To be 37 years old and to still be playing here is unbelievable. It was a great feeling being able to help my teammates. I am part of the best team in Major League Soccer. I was waiting for my opportunity. I was trying to keep my level up because the level here in MLS is different… I am coming from playing the last two years of my career in Guatemala. It is so different here. I am here to help. Sometimes I am not going to play. Sometimes I am going to play a little bit. The whole reason for me being here is to try and help.
FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead
On Carlos Ruiz scoring an important goal…
He is a goal scorer – in big moments, in big games. He has been in these moments before. When that ball came over the top, you know he is going to do something with it, put it on target. It was just a clinical finish… Just brilliant.
On the physicality of the match…
I think there were a lot of late tackles or tackles where guys were coming through the man to get the ball… especially on our No. 10 and our playmakers. That is for sure tactical on their part. They’re not doing that on accident. It’s game plan. That is the part our coaches or us as a team, we’re just trying to protect our players and that is ultimately the goal of the referee. It falls on them. It is way too hard of a thing to call. It happens so fast. So I’m not going to blame it on the referees, but that is their job. Anywhere in the entire world, their job is to protect the players and make the game run smoothly. It looks like we may have picked up a few injuries in this game because of late tackles, guys getting crushed by players trying to go through them to get to the ball. At some point that needs to be stopped.