Recap: Seattle Sounders 1, FC Dallas 1

Seattle appeared to be recovering with one win after losing three games in four as Fredy Montero rewarded his dominance with a 72nd-minute header goal. But Jara plunged at close range after death to continue Dallas ‘recent uptick in form and extend the Sounders’ winless run to three games.

In the first half it was almost exclusively a one-way street in favor of Seattle, which threatened to be in the right lane by the Roldan brothers, Alex and the returning Gold Cup champion Cristian. In the 15th minute, Cristian Roldan’s kick back to the edge of the box was neatly hit by Joao Paulo, but the midfielder’s shot was too close to Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who blocked the save.

Montero then came close to breaking the deadlock twice as the first 45 minutes neared its end. Maurer failed both times, but a strong penalty appeal followed on the second attempt after Montero felt that his shirt had been pulled back to prevent a better shot.

The second half started similarly, Kelyn Rowe went agonizingly close with a low shot that rushed just past the post.

However, Dallas nearly silenced the Seattle crowd when Stefan Cleveland was forced to make a one-handed stop to defeat Facundo Quignon after taking a corner from six yards after being deflected by Montero’s arm.

Montero appeared to be the hero, however, as the veteran striker rose highest in the penalty area to hit a pinpoint free kick from Joao Paulo and seemingly give the Sounders the much-needed three points.

Instead, Jara, who came off the bench in the 76th minute, reacted most sharply in the six yard box to turn a low cross from Nkosi Burgess and leave Seattle frustrated at having to settle for a single point.

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