In a crazy contest, the Seattle Sounders squeezed past FC Dallas with a 4-3 victory to secure their place in the conference semi-finals. Here are three things we learned.
In one of the greatest-ever MLS games, the Seattle Sounders beat FC Dallas 4-3 to advance to the Western Conference play-off semi-finals. Luchi Gonzalez’s brave young side battled from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, then had to equalise once again after going 3-2 down in the 75th minute.
However, for all of Dallas’ bravery on the ball, their leaky defence came back to haunt them again in extra time, with Jordan Morris completing his hat-trick to send the Sounders through at their expense.
Here are three things we learned from the madness.
3. Sounders counter-attack masks their weakness
If you want to know exactly what the Seattle Sounders are all about, all you need to do is watch four minutes of football, from the 18th minute to the 22nd minute, a four-minute period which sent them 2-0 up against FC Dallas on Saturday.
The first goal came from Gustav Svensson winning the ball deep in his own half and within seconds, the Sounders had worked it all the way forward to Ruidiaz via some great play from Cristian Roldan and, of course, the Peruvian struck the ball home in fine fashion.
2-0 was a little more rudimentary but no less direct, with a long ball from Kim Kee-hee being flicked on by Ruidiaz and causing havoc in the Dallas backline. Joevin Jones played in Morris and the USMNT international was never going to miss from there.
Two absolutely ruthless counter-attacks, slicing Dallas open as if they were playing an U-12s team. However, while Brian Schmetzer has crafted a ruthless transitionary side, he’s yet to build a convincing defence. Roman Torres and Kim did anything but convince at centre-back and the entire Sounders backline looked nervous and susceptible every time Dallas got into dangerous areas around their box.
Michael Barrios, in particular, troubled the Sounders throughout and, in the end, they were incredibly lucky to make it out of this one alive. Seattle advance but after watching Saturday’s struggle against Dallas, their fellow MLS Cup hopefuls will be licking their lips.