May 8, 2014, FRISCO, Texas (ISN) – FC Dallas (5-4-1, 16 points) took an early lead on a penalty-kick goal from Michel only to have Seattle (7-2-1, 22 points) come from behind to claim victory, 2-1, tonight at CenturyLink Field.

Making his second start of the season, FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was called into action in the 11th minute when Marco Pappa put a hard shot on target from 25-yards out. The rising shot hit Fernandez in the chest and skipped back into play where Clint Dempsey had a swing at it, but he was put off at the last moment by a challenge from FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd.

FC Dallas earned a penalty kick three minutes later when second-year defender Walker Zimmerman won a header to get the ball to Homegrown midfielder Danny Garcia. Garcia turned and lofted a ball into the area for Blas Perez, but the Panamanian never got a chance to challenge for the header after his legs were clipped by Seattle defender Brad Evans.

After conferring with the assistant referee, Baldomero Toledo awarded a penalty kick. The kick was converted by Michel, who took his time, waited for Seattle’s Stephan Frei to make a move to his left, and shot the ball over the goalkeeper’s right shoulder to give Dallas a 1-0 lead. The goal was Michel’s fourth of the season and his fourth against Sounders FC in four career matches.

Fernandez was called upon again in the 24th minute, when Sounders FC were awarded a free kick in a dangerous spot. Dempsey, who buried a set piece opportunity from a similar spot in Seattle’s 3-2 victory over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on April 12, stepped to the kick and tried to pick out the inside of the post to Fernandez’s right side. The Peruvian goalkeeper saw the shot the whole way and kept the U.S. National Team forward off the board with a diving save.

Seattle made it a 1-1 game in the 62nd minute following a nice buildup from midfield. Dempsey got the ball out wide to Obafemi Martins and the Nigerian slipped a pass inside the area to Lamar Neagle, who finished with one touch past Fernandez. 

Fernandez produced a save of the year candidate in the 68th minute, when Osvaldo Alonso ripped a hard shot through a pack of players. Fernandez got down to make a left-handed save, pushing the ball off of the left post. The rebound fell to Dempsey at the top of the six-yard box. The Texas native looked to have his ninth goal of the season gift wrapped, but Fernandez leapt across his line and made a right-footed kick save to deny the league’s top goal scorer.  

Former FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper broke the deadlock in the 88th minute, just two minutes after coming on for Neagle, on a goal similar to Seattle’s first. Martins received the pass out wide and waited for Cooper to make his move before knocking a perfect pass into the path of the striker. Cooper finished with his first touch, his third goal of the season, to give Sounders FC all three points on the night.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Michel (PK) 16
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Obafemi Martins) 62
SEA – Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 88

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Adam Moffat, Hendry Thomas, Andrew Jacobson (Jair Benitez 78), Danny Garcia (Victor Ulloa 72), David Texeira (Fabian Castillo 65), Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead, Nicolas Walker, Tesho Akindele, Moises Hernandez.  

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Blas Perez, Michel 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Michel, Fabian Castillo 1); FOULS: 18 (Blas Perez 7); OFFSIDES: 1 (Danny Garcia 1); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Michel 9); SAVES: 7 (Raul Fernandez 7).

Seattle Sounders FC – Stephan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle (Kenny Cooper 86), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Narco Pappa (Chad Barrett 74), Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey (Jalil Anibaba 90+4).

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Michael Azira, Leo Gonzalez, Andy Rose.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Marco Pappa 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Marco Pappa, Clint Dempsey 2); FOULS: 11 (DeAndre Yedlin 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8 (Gonzalo Pineda 5); SAVES: 1 (Stefan Frei 1).

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Michel (caution) 17
DAL – Matt Hedges (caution) 23
SEA – Brad Evans (caution) 37
SEA – Marco Pappa (caution) 42
DAL – Blas Perez (caution) 48

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Fabio Tovar, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Attendance: 38,489
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Sunny, 64 degrees

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

On the lineup and formation changes…

We play with the players that belong on the field. They had a game three days ago and now we have another game in three days. That’s the way the schedule was set and so we play with the boys that are healthy and the boys that can come in and do the job. With the formation we prepare the game depending on the opposite team, too.

On the strategy going into the second half…

We knew Seattle was going to throw bodies up front. Definitely, we wanted to control the tempo of the game. We knew it’s a place where we know the fullbacks [will attack]. The forwards are moving in a way that may put us in a [tough position]. But I don’t think that was the case. We defended well and tried to keep the result that we had in the first half.

On the overall performance…

A good game for us, a good game. We deserved more but that’s the game.

FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson

On the second half…

We knew they were going to push… They were at home. We were in a good position going into the second half but we knew they were going to go forward. They have a lot of talented guys. It wasn’t a surprise. We wanted to keep the good shape we were playing with in the first half and at the same time try to play through their lines of defense… They attacked very well but our guys fought hard, we just couldn’t hold on at the end there.

Sigi Schmid- Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach

Opening Statement…

Obviously you would not like to go down 1-0, that would be nice…I think our team played some very good soccer. I thought in the first half we possessed the ball really well. I thought we were combining well. They were pretty defensive, had a lot people in the box—it made it difficult. We got to open up with some crosses, but when there’s all people in the back it’s tough to get much there. So we talked about making sure we built out of the back… we felt we needed to run across people if we were going to score, which we obviously did. The subs getting in helped our team. They never lost hope and faith, and continued to show good character and battled well.

On the contribution of the bench…

It’s more nerve-wracking for us on the bench than it is for them on the field. They have the right belief in themselves.

On giving up the penalty kick…

If you look at the last four goals that we’ve taken—it’s [included] two PK’s, an own goal. If we can eliminate the PK’s and own goals, we’ll be OK.

On the starting lineup…

[Brad] Evans did a good job filling in at left back in the second half of last game, so we put him back there again at left back. We came out with Zach Scott because for Djimi (Traore) it’s tough to play three games in a week on turf. We felt we needed to make a change there. Zach had been training well and Jalil (Anibaba) was certainly someone we were considering as well.

Lamar Neagle – Sounders FC Midfielder/Forward

On the team winning on another late goal…

We don’t want it to always come to that but it’s nice at least to know that we have it in us. We keep kind of saying the same thing—we always know we can score goals no matter what, so if we’re down one-zero or if it’s zero-zero, I think we’re confident until the 90th minute.

On his goal…

We just went wide, obviously we wanted to start taking more chances offensively, so I was making runs in the box. I know Oba always has his head up, so he picked out the near post and ran towards it.”

Kenny Cooper – Sounders FC Forward

On his game-winning goal…

It was a really great ball from Oba. He has so much quality and just great vision and really put it on a platter for me.

On scoring a goal against his former team…

It always feels good when that ball goes in the back of the net no matter who it’s against. But yeah, that one felt good for sure.