Sounders hand Dallas a big ‘High Five’



SEATTLE, WA— (Sounders release) Five goals from five different players propelled Seattle Sounders FC (6-10-2, 20 points) to a 5-0 home win over first-place FC Dallas (11-6-4, 37 points) Wednesday evening on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Clint Dempsey started the scoring with a sixth-minute penalty kick before Andreas Ivanschitz and Jordan Morris made it 3-0 at halftime of the mid-week clash. Joevin Jones and Cristian Roldan added second-half tallies as the Rave Green set a new club record for margin of victory in MLS play. Sigi Schmid’s side returns to action on Sunday with a nationally-televised Cascadia road clash against the Portland Timbers on free-to-air FOX Broadcasting Network.


Seattle wasted little time getting its largest offensive outburst of the season going on Wednesday night, with Clint Dempsey converting a sixth-minute penalty-kick after Maynor Figueroa was sent off for a hand-ball inside his own six-yard-box. Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz placed the original shot on on-frame, before referee Ricardo Salazar ruled that Figueroa had blocked the attempt with his right hand. Dempsey slotted his attempt past Dallas netminder Chris Seitz to record his third MLS goal of 2016.

Ivanschitz doubled the home side’s lead in the 18th minute of play with a deft chip shot over an onrushing Seitz, with Ozzie Alonso slotting the playmaker through on goal from midfield. A single touch of Ivanschitz’s seasoned left foot was all Seattle needed to jump out to an early 2-0 lead with the man-advantage.

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Morris got in on the action just four minutes after Ivanschitz’s goal, with the rookie forward from Mercer Island recording his seventh strike of 2016, as he continues to cement his single-season club scoring record for a first-year player. Alonso once again unlocked the opposing defense, playing the ball to Dempsey at the edge of the Dallas 18-yard-box. The Texan laid the ball off to Morris on the right side of the area, allowing the rookie to finish at Seitz’s far post. For Alonso, the assist was his fourth of 2016, a single-season high for the Cuban in eight MLS seasons with Sounders FC.

The last major event of first-half play occurred in the 33rd minute, when Dempsey was whistled for a foul on Juan Esteban Ortiz, resulting in a straight red card. The forward’s departure leveled the match at 10 players apiece for the two sides for the remainder of the contest.

Seattle continued to pile on the pressure throughout the second half, with fullback Jones recording a goal from the edge of the area. Fellow fullback Oniel Fisher provided the assist at the end of a probing run from the right flank.

Ivanschitz provided the assist off of a free-kick from the left flank in the 73rd minute, with Roldan recording his first MLS goal to add the exclamation mark for the evening.

Sounders FC hits the road for the first matchup of the season against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, July 17. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in the lone match of the season to air nationally on free-to-air FOX Broadcast Network. Regional radio coverage in Western Washington is being provided via KIRO Radio and El Rey 1360 AM.


Seattle Sounders FC 5 – FC Dallas 0
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistants: Peter Balciunas, Corey Rockwell
Fourth Official: David Gantar
Attendance: 40,101
Weather: Partly cloudy and 72 degrees


SEA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 6′
SEA – Andreas Ivanschitz (Osvaldo Alonso) 18′
SEA – Jordan Morris (Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso) 22′
SEA – Joevin Jones (Oniel Fisher) 61′
SEA – Cristian Roldan (Andreas Ivanschitz) 73′


DAL – Maynor Figueroa (ejection) 4′
DAL – Juan Esteban Ortiz (caution) 33′
SEA – Clint Dempsey (ejection) 33′


Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Oniel Fisher, Brad Evans – captain, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Osvaldo Alonso (Tony Alfaro 62′), Cristian Roldan, Erik Friberg (Aaron Kovar HT); Jordan Morris (Oalex Anderson 69′), Clint Dempsey, Andreas Ivanschitz

Substitutes: Tyler Miller, Dylan Remick, Michael Farfan, Herculez Gomez

Total shots: 12 (Morris, 4)
Shots on goal: 7 (Morris, 3)
Fouls: 6 (Fisher, 4)
Offside: 2 (Roldan/Dempsey, 1)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Ivanschitz, 5)
Saves: 0

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz; Aubrey David, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris; Tesho Akindele, Victor Ulloa – captain, Juan Esteban Ortiz (Fabian Castillo 61′), Ryan Hollingshead; Carlos Lizarazo (Michael Barrios HT), Colin Bonner (Kellyn Acosta 27′)

Substitutes not used: Jesse Gonzalez, Aaron Guillen, Maxi Urruti, Mauro Rosales

Total shots: 2 (Harris/Akindele, 1)
Shots on goal: 0
Fouls: 13 (Esteban Ortiz/Castillo, 3)
Offside: 0
Corner-kicks: 1 (Lizarazo, 1)
Saves: 2 (Seitz, 2)


Sounders FC is now 6-10-2 in the 2016 MLS regular season, including a 6-5-1 record at home in league play.

Seattle improved to 10-4-5 all-time in MLS action versus FC Dallas, including a 7-1-1 mark at CenturyLink Field.
The 5-0 scoreline is the largest margin of victory in club history in MLS action. The previous record of four was achieved on seven separate occasions. The Rave Green also scored exactly five goals for the first time in an MLS match, ,one shy of the club record of six, which they have accomplished twice (last: 8/25/12 at CHV).

Wednesday’s match marked the first time in club history that Seattle has had five different goal scorers.
Clint Dempsey converted in a penalty kick in the sixth minute in Sounders FC’s first attempt from the spot in 2016 league play. Dempsey is now 4-4 in penalty-kick attempts in his MLS career, all of which came for the Rave Green.
Midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz scored his second goal of the regular season in the 18th minute. The Austrian gave Sounders FC its first two-goal effort of any first half this season.

To cap the match’s first-half scoring, Homegrown Player Jordan Morris scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Seattle improved to 5-1-1 when Morris scores a goal this season.

Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso recorded an assist on both run-of-play goals in the first half. With four assists on the season, Alonso sets a new career single-season high.

The first half also featured two ejections in FC Dallas’ Maynor Figueroa and Seattle’s Dempsey. It marked Dempsey’s first career ejection in MLS play.

Seattle recorded three goals in the opening 25 minutes for the third time in club history (Last: 10/25/2015 vs. RSL).

Defender Joevin Jones netted his second goal of the MLS season, and third across all competitions, in the second half. Oniel Fisher was credited with the first assist of his career on the score.
Alonso was substituted in favor of Tony Alfaro in the 62nd minute, marking the first minutes of the MLS season in which Alonso hasn’t been on the pitch for the Rave Green.

Off of set-piece service from Ivanschitz, second-year midfielder Cristian Roldan recorded the first goal of his career in the 73rd minute. Ivanschitz earned his team-leading fourth assist of the season.

Seattle out-shot FC Dallas by a mark of 12-2 on Wednesday evening. Over the past two matches, Seattle has a 34-9 shot advantage against its opponents.


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