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FC Dallas posts another shutout winning in Seattle

Published 5/26/2011 12:38:01 AM by staff from dallas
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Defense ruled the day once again for FC Dallas as they traveled to Seattle and prevailed 1-0 in one of the toughest venues in MLS.  FC Dallas have now gone a club record 489 minutes without yielding a goal, the longest streak in MLS this season.  With the impressive road victory, the club now has 21 points good for second place in the Western Conference behind the LA Galaxy.

Brek Shea continued his recent goal-scoring exploits with a 17th minute goal.  Seattle, meanwhile, end a promising home stand on a sour note. In the past three matches at home, the Sounders netted four points. For the Wednesday night match, Dallas continued with their experiment of Marvin Chávez up front, supported in the midfield by Shea, who caused problems early with his off-the-ball movement.

Dallas opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when Shea’s vertical run from the midfield was met perfectly with a pass from Andrew Jacobson. The 21 year old finished calmly to the far post, giving Dallas the early lead.  The visitors nearly relinquished the lead seconds later, but Zach Loyd alertly headed away a Mike Fucito attempt at the goal line. That was arguably as close as Seattle would get, as the Sounders created chances on the other end but were unable to beat the Dallas back line.

In the 42nd minute, Fredy Montero found Mauro Rosales in the penalty area with an excellent chip, but Dallas 'keeper Kevin Hartman gloved the Argentine’s shot. It was Seattle’s only shot on goal in the first half.  Dallas could have made it 2-0 before the break, when Brek Shea again popped up in a threatening area. The tall midfielder, however, couldn’t execute a pass to Fabián Castillo, who streaked into the penalty area unmarked.

Seattle continued to test Hartman in the second half. The veteran netminder had a handful of good saves, including a sprawling dive to tip a Fucito shot over the crossbar in the 64th minute. Meanwhile, Dallas' counterattack looked dangerous with the speed of Castillo and Chávez up front.

A series of Seattle substitutes meant to bolster the attack. First Roger Levesque, then Nate Jaqua and finally Lamar Neagle — led to some nervous moments for Hartman but not much else.  Seattle finished with 19 attempts on goal, with Fucito leading the line with three shots on goal.

Both teams face quick turnarounds. Seattle travel to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, while FC Dallas return to Texas for an away match at Houston that same day.

Label: FC Dallas 1 Seattle 0, Brek Shea, Kevin Hartman, Mike Fucito
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