A heavily rotated FC Dallas team suffered an unexpected heavy loss on Wednesday night in Seattle with a 5-0 defeat to the Sounders who managed to record their biggest ever MLS victory in franchise history. They opened the scoring with an early Clint Dempsey penalty which was awarded following a Maynor Figueroa handball which saw the experienced defender dismissed before adding two more soon after through Andreas Ivanschitz and Jordan Morris. Dempsey managed to pick up a straight red card himself for a petulant slap on Juan Ortiz, but that didn't shake up the hosts too much who added two more goals in the second half through Joevin Jones and Cristian Roldan to cap off a resounding victory.
It wasn't the result that the team wanted nor expected even after Oscar Pareja left out seven regulars to start the game, but it wounded up being an awful night from the get-go for Dallas who suffered their fourth blowout defeat of the season by three or more goals. The team also saw their three-game winning and clean sheet streak come to an abrupt end, but that was all secondary in what was a damaging defeat and a worrying one if you're a Dallas fan with the randomness factor of these blowout losses not going away as the season progresses, even if this time, it was nearly an entire lineup composed of backups and reserves out on the pitch.
Very little good could come out of this game unfortunately with the team losing 5-0 and failing to register a single shot on target throughout the ninety minutes. There were a couple of fairly decent individual performances to note at least though. Walker Zimmerman had as good of a game as you could expect from a centerback in a 5-0 thrashing and wasn't at fault for any of the goals as he stepped up as the leader of the defense in Matt Hedges' absence. Aubrey David also made a steady start to his FCD career which makes it interesting to see how he'll look in this team when he gets more time to gel in and play more often in much more competitive games than this one in the future. He could very well pan out to be a good depth signing, but it's still early days.
There was a lot more bad to report on this game obviously and it's not so easy trying to figure out where to start. Atiba Harris and Juan Ortiz had a night to forget having been held culpable for the manner in which most of the goals were conceded and just did not get anything going their way at any point. Victor Ulloa, Tesho Akindele, and Ryan Hollingshead also looked poorer than usual and were ineffective on a night where they were mostly chasing shadows, which of course the early Figueroa red card had a lot to do with unfortunately. Rookie forward Collin Bonner made his MLS debut here but saw it ended in under half an hour after being subbed off for Kellyn Acosta after hardly getting a touch during his time on. Very much a debut to forget for the youngster.
Most of the goals the team conceded came as a result of dreadful defending, lapses in concentration, or just dilly-dallying on the ball for too long. It was one thing for the team to fall 1-0 down and a man down within the first five minutes, but to give away some of the goals that occurred afterwards were unacceptable at this level and they were duly punished by a hungry Seattle team. Seattle's high pressure did play a big part in sucking Dallas into a defensive zone and losing the ball more often, but that's not a good enough excuse to give away some of the goals that the team did on the night.
All in all, it was another one of those games we'll all look to forget as soon as possible and move on. Thankfully, with the team still in a good league position and in control of their destiny, as well as several games coming up in the next few weeks, it shouldn't be too difficult to do that. As worrying as these random blowout losses are, none of them have derailed FCD's season yet and each of them are good learning curves for the team as the business end of the year edges closer by the week.
Dallas will now play host to Eastern Conference strugglers Chicago Fire in a Brimstone Cup meeting on Saturday evening and will look to get back on track ahead of crunch games away to Houston Dynamo next Wednesday in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and Colorado Rapids in a top of the West meeting the following weekend back in the league.