By Clay Massey
FRISCO, Texas – An 85’ minute goal from Texas native, Clint Dempsey, proved to be the difference maker as the Seattle Sounders left Texas with three-points. In a game where the possession was split 50-50, Dallas came out in a 4-2-3-1 with David Texeira up top, and Seattle in a 4-4-1-1 with Dempsey slotting in behind Martins who was the lone striker.
Dallas opened the scoring in the 10’ minute thanks to a mistake between Stefan Frei and Chad Marshall. Michel played a ball up-top that deflected off Marshall and took a bad hop over the oncoming Frei. David Teixeira easily tapped it home to the open net with a head. Clint Dempsey equalized in the 22’ minute with a stunning free-kick from 30 yards out that went top right corner, and barred down leaving Seitz helpless. In the 40’ minute a Deandre Yedlin elbow to the chest of Teixeira resulted in a Dallas penalty. Michel converted from the spot to make it 2-1 to FC Dallas.
Seattle came out swinging in the second half and turned the pressure up to 11. Clint Dempsey was the difference maker. Dempsey wreaked havoc along the backline. Dempsey took a shot in the 75’ minute that took a deflection off Dallas center-back, Stephen Keel, that beat Seitz to make it 2-2. Stefan Frei kept it level at the Seattle end who got one hand on a Teixeira shot from point-blank. In the 85’ minute Clint Dempsey made his own chance as he made a run in the box and laid it off to Chad Barrett who gave it back to Dempsey who made it 3-2.
That’s how the match would end, and Seattle heads back to Washington state with 3 points. FC Dallas returns to action when they play hosts to Toronto, and Seattle return to action against Chivas USA.