Thinking Through FC Dallas' Disappointment in Seattle
The loss is not the end, but it is difficult to imagine Dallas winning this series, at least for the moment.
When the whistle blew on Monday night, Seattle was in the driver’s seat, a two-to-nothing deficit that seemed impossible for FC Dallas to overcome.
The only benefit is that FC Dallas would have to play again against Seattle, this time in Frisco.
A win will keep them in it.
But the game in Seattle asked questions of this team once again.
Simply put, this was not the performance anyone in the organization wanted.
Seattle is in the driver’s seat. They are advancing, unless Dallas can move in a different direction quickly. And even then, it will require a plan of action that the team has struggled to enact. In all seriousness, Seattle looks good to advance. They are an experienced side and will know that their job in Frisco is to grind out a result.
FC Dallas looks good to be one and done.
Losing a playoff series is not the end of the world. Maybe it was simply not FC Dallas’ year with numerous injuries and challenges. On the other hand, this team has spent a lot on this roster to simply not produce in key moments. Jesus Ferreira shoulders some of the blame, as he continues to drop back deep in the midfield to generate opportunities rather than serve as the focal point in attack.
Monday night regardless though was a disappointment.
Alan Velasco is out with an injury, a big blow to a deep run.
There is precious little time to find a solution.
As it is, Dallas has a knack for getting in their own way, like Marco Farfan’s foul in the box to set up the initial penalty kick for Seattle.
Here is the path though:
Keep Jesus Ferreira up top in an attacking position.
Let Bernard Kamungo run wild.
Maybe it’s time to let Obrian start over Arriola.
Nico needs to pull out his inspirational speech and channel that Ted Lasso in him.
At least push this series to three games and give yourself a shot in Seattle.