The game in 100 words (or less): Perfect no more for FC Dallas, though they’ll be happy with a point, considering they played a man down for more than 70 minutes. Meanwhile, the Sounders would have taken a point before kickoff — no Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins (injuries) or Marco Pappa — but will ultimately be unhappy at their inability to capitalize on their man advantage. In the end, we’ll all be disappointed that the game of the weekend failed to produce a single goal or any kind of quality.
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Three moments that mattered
18′ — Acosta sees red, FCD down to 10 — What Kellyn Costa was thinking, only he can know, but it sure wasn’t smart going in studs up, roughly navel-high on Andy Rose. This one is a red card 20 times out of 10, and Acosta, though a youngster, is experienced enough to know better. FCD’s ability to drive the game at a star-depleted Sounders side was suddenly gone.
29′ — Michel’s free kick hits the crossbar — It’s probably the most lethal left foot in all of MLS, but on this occasion, Michel was only able to lift the ball over the wall and clang the crossbar. Two inches lower, and it’s off the bar and in.
72′ — Barrett pulls his one-on-one chance well wide — Chad Barrett should have scored this chance, that’s really all there is to it. He beat the entire FCD defense and got onto Lamar Neagle’s through ball, but when it came to beating Chris Seitz, the final product was wasteful and rolled wide.
Man of the match: Zach Loyd — Loyd’s monster season continued on Saturday, as the 27-year-old racked up another eight clearances and seven interceptions. Those are ridiculous numbers, and he keeps putting them up every week.
FC Dallas: Seitz, Acosta, Hedges, Loyd, Harris, Castillo, Michel, Ulloa, Hollingshead (Barrios 85′), Akindele, Texeira (Zimmerman 59′)
Seattle Sounders: Frei, Mears, Evans, Scott, Gonzalez, Pineda, Azira (Fisher 86′), Roldan (Kovar 61′), Rose, Neagle, Barrett (Mansaray 75′)