The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas moved to within a single point of the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference and in the race for the 2016 Supporters’ Shield (FCD lost last year’s Shield on goal differential) following Saturday night’s 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium. Mauro Diaz opened the scoring with fewer than three full minutes on the clock, and Michael Barrios provided the late insurance goal to give Oscar Pareja’s side its (tied for) league-leading seventh victory on the season (13 games played). The Sounders, meanwhile, continue to tinker with their starting lineup (Clint Dempsey moved back up top in this one, with Jordan Morris deployed on the right wing — Morris’s four-game scoring streak came to an end) and formation, and remain eighth in the West, four points back of sixth-place Real Salt Lake (who play on Sunday).
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Three moments that mattered
3′ — Marshall gives away a PK, Diaz converts — Chad Marshall took Walker Zimmerman down inside the penalty area, and Diaz made no mistake on the ensuing penalty kick.
58′ — Frei comes up big to deny Barrios — The through ball from Diaz was a work of art. It’s too bad that Stefan Frei is such a hater of all things beautiful. Barrios needs to finish this one.
80′ — Barrios finishes this time, makes it 2-0 — Mauro Rosales’s chipped through ball might have actually been better than Diaz’s slow roller above. Barrios’s finish certainly was on this attempt.
Man of the match: Mauro Diaz/Rosales
Goalscorers: Diaz (3′ – PK), Barrios (80′)