Ruiz leads FC Dallas rally past Sounders

Published Monday, October 17, 2016 5:19 AM by Shane Barrow

FC Dallas rallied past the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon to move past the Colorado Rapids and back on top of the MLS Western Conference standings. While Portland were upsetting the Rapids, FCD need a furious late comeback to get past the motivated side from Seattle.

The Sounders came to town looking to sour the FC Dallas title hopes and cement their own playoff position.  For over an hour of play Sunday it looked like they just might get out of Frisco with the full three points. That is until a furious FC Dallas rally would squash those plans.  A wonderful free kick goal from Nicolas Lodeiro late in the opening half stood up late in the match until a scramble in front of the Sounders net led to Dallas tying the game in the 79th minute of play. Maxi Urruti put home the loose ball and the match was tied setting up late heroics from new signing Carlos Ruiz.

The 37 year old ageless wonder came off the bench to score the dramatic winner in the 89th minute as he lobbed home a brillian goal to send Toyota Stadium into a frenzy of celebration.  

The win did not come without some major injury incidents.  Kellyn Acosta left in the first half with a hip injury.  The workhorse said he would be alright after the match. Of more concern was the injury to the creative Mauro Diaz after a late foul from Tyrone Mears. Late word trickling out of the FCD locker room doesn't sound good as Diaz was taken to hospital for an MRI after the match.  If Diaz were to miss these last matches the wonderful FCD season and playoff success could come crashing with his absence.

Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was tactical, yet unhappy after the match “In spite of all the friction we received and contact that resulted in injuries. Our players were humble enough to continue the game and keep pushing.”

The win sets up a showdown on the final weekend of the MLS regular season in Los Angeles against the Galaxy for the MLS Supporters Shield which goes to the MLS team with the best overall record.  The FCD schedule is clouded by a  long and difficult Thursday trip to face CD Suchitepequez in the final CONCACAF Champions League group match where Dallas will need a result to move on.  A tough ask with the long trip to Los Angeles looming on Sunday.