The Sounders’ club-record unbeaten streak was extended to 13 matches Saturday night, while host FC Dallas’ winless skid went to nine games. But the outcome was far from satisfying for either side.
FRISCO, Texas – After 90 minutes of slogging through the Texas heat and humidity, the Sounders had one last chance to claim a victory.
Instead, they didn’t manage to get off a shot.
That was quite an appropriate way to end a listless 0-0 Major League Soccer draw with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.
While the Sounders (11-7-11, 44 points) extended their club-record unbeaten streak to 13 games, they generated little offensive punch with Will Bruin replacing injured Jordan Morris as the striker, getting outshot 13-10 and managing only two shots on goal.
The tie was their fourth in a row — so while the Sounders haven’t lost since June 17, they haven’t won since a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Aug. 20.
Seattle’s best chance to change that was its final one, deep into stoppage time, when defender Kelvin Leerdam broke past the Dallas defense and found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez on the right side.
Instead of shooting, he tried to set up trailing attacker Victor Rodriguez with a cross, only to have FCD’s Walker Zimmerman race in to clear the ball away.
“I was a little bit from the side,” Leerdam said. “Maybe I could have shot, but I saw Victor Rodriguez cutting from the left side back to the box, to the spot, and I wanted to put it back for him to shoot.
“Sometimes you think, ‘Maybe I should have shot.’ Then if it’s the last chance, at least you had a shot. But I tried to make the best decision and I saw Victor.”
Vancouver leads the MLS Western Conference with 45 points from 28 matches. Three teams have 44 points — Sporting Kansas City (28 matches), the Sounders (29 matches) and Portland (30 matches).
The Sounders generated few legitimate scoring opportunities, but did manage a couple of near misses — notably a strong cross from defender Nouhou Tolo in the 65th minute that barely eluded Bruin’s attempt at a header.
That play was among several that highlighted a factor Seattle will miss while Morris is out with a strained hamstring — speed.
“A couple of those balls Nico (Lodeiro) tried to play in to Bruin, maybe a faster guy gets in behind (Dallas defender Matt) Hedges or Zimmerman,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “We’ll miss Jordan.”
The Sounders were missing something in the first…