The loss was the second straight at home for FC Dallas, something the club hasn’t seen happen to them at Toyota Stadium under Luchi Gonzalez.
FC Dallas nearly got on the board in the 20th minute as Jesus Ferreira let off a shot from a distance that tested Sounders goalkeeper Spencer Richey, then cleared to safety by Shane O’Neill.
The hosts also started the second half with a lot of energy and tested Richey once again. Ricardo Pepi snuck in behind the Sounders defense and put an attempt on goal that forced Richey into a save.
The Sounders responded as head coach Brian Schmetzer made a double-sub of Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro midway through the second half. He was instantly rewarded for the move as Ruidiaz scored in the 63rd minute. The forward collected a feed from Lodeiro and saw his initial shot blocked by Jimmy Maurer but he was able to beat the Dallas keeper with a curling strike from inside the area that deflected off the post and bounced into the net.
Instant Reaction: We talk about this a lot but you cannot lose games in this league at home and expect to make the playoffs. Two straight losses to the top teams in the Western Conference just show how far this team has to go to get into the playoff picture. FC Dallas had some decent moments in this one but failing to overcome what was pretty much a B-squad out of the Sounders until the late stages of the second half is just not great. For all the positive momentum the club was building on earlier in this month, they’re pretty much throwing it all away with a result like this one.
Man of the match: Insert shrug emoji here.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The club goes back out on the road for the start of a three-game road trip as they head to Houston this weekend.