Dallas tops Sounders 3-1, forces rubber match in first-round series

Sun, Nov 5, 2023
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Dallas tops Sounders 3-1, forces rubber match in first-round series

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira scored in the first 18 minutes and FC Dallas cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, forcing a third match to settle the first-round playoff series.

Arriola needed just six minutes to give Dallas (12-10-13) the lead, using assists from Bernard Kamungo and Paxton Pomykal. Ferreira scored on a penalty kick 12 minutes later and Dallas took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Ferreira took the PK after Kamungo drew a foul on Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo.

Jordan Morris scored unassisted three minutes into the second half to get the Sounders (14-10-11) within a goal.

Jader Obrian sealed the win for Dallas with an unassisted goal in the 89th minute.

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Maarten Paes finished with three saves for Dallas. Stefan Frei, who led the league with 14 clean sheets during the regular season, did not have a save for the Sounders.

Dallas improves to 9-1-4 in its last 13 home matches against Seattle.

Seattle saw a six-match unbeaten streak (3-0-3) on the road in all competitions end. It was the club's longest stretch away from home since a club-record seven-match run in 2018.

Dallas ended a stretch of five straight draws at home with the victory, improving to 4-0-7 in its last 11 home contests. Dallas is now 12-1-8 in its last 21 home matches against Western Conference opponents in all competitions.

The deciding match in the series will be played on Friday in Seattle.


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