Player Ratings: FC Dallas 1-2 Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle came from behind to knock Dallas out of the playoffs and end the season with a home win.
FC Dallas

Dario Sala – 7

Left stranded too often. Early on, the netminder came up big on a handful of occasions to keep Seattle at bay.

Heath Pearce – 5
Off on the right flank, Pearce struggled with Zakuani's pace and drive, especially in the second half as the match opened up. One late challenge on the pacy rookie in particular could have drawn more than yellow.

Ugo Ihemelu – 5
Not great, not horrible. Ihemelu's athleticism helped out in patches, but the defense wasn't tight enough. As the senior member in the backline, that falls on the former Rapid.

George John – N/A
Hauled off after 40 minutes due to injury.

Jair Benitez – 7
With pace to burn, nothing got past Benitez. He came into the game more as it progressed, and was the only Dallas defender to give a good account of himself.

Atiba Harris – 6
After scoring the opening goal with a sizzler of a shot, Harris went quiet. He missed a chance late on that he really should have put on frame.

David Ferreira – 4
Anonymous.

Daniel Hernandez – 5
Looked comfortable at least in the holding midfield role, but eventually lost the midfield battle and was taken off as Dallas chased the game.

Dax McCarty – 6
Spry and energetic. The diminutive midfielder sprayed the ball around and moved into the correct holes.

Dave van den Bergh – 5
Quiet. He did save a certain goal off the line late on, but even that turned out to be too little too late.

Jeff Cunningham – 4
Did the league's most in-form player even touch the ball? Dallas rode his goals to within a breath of the playoffs, but the magic dried up exactly when Dallas really needed it.

Substitutes

Kyle Davies – 5
Thrown into the game at the end of the first half when Seattle started taking control, Davies had a lot of work to do. Evans and Jaqua found him napping for their unmarked goals.

Marvin Chavez - N/A

Brek Shea – N/A
A lively display from the youngster yielded no end product.


Seattle Sounders FC

Kasey Keller – 6
Hardly had a save to make, though he'll be disappointed he didn't keep a clean sheet. Should have seen Harris' shot coming.

James Riley – 5
Indicative of his play is that van den Bergh was quiet, though Riley never asserted himself in the match.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado – 6
Initially the two Seattle center defenders had too much space between them, but soon sorted that out and held firm.

Tyrone Marshall – 6
Besides that, the Seattle defense had very little to do.

Leo Gonzalez – 8
One of Gonzalez's best performances. He was up and down the left flank, even starting the move that led to the Sounders' first goal. His marking was sharp and his bursts forward even better.

Freddie Ljungberg – 8
Two assists and a composed display. Not much more you can ask for from your designated player.

Osvaldo Alonso – 7
Tenacious as always, Alonso had a couple long range blasts that may have come to something on another day.

Brad Evans – 7
Again his late runs made the difference. A well-taken goal ended up the game winner.

Steve Zakuani – 7
Came to life in the second half, blazing past Pearce on several occasions. His deft touch compliments his pace very well.

Fredy Montero – 6
The moody striker spent most of the game frustrated. The moves just weren't coming off for the Colombian, though he did get an assist.

Nate Jaqua – 7.5
Tremendous work rate and touch from the big man. Spent most of the game putting in a defensive shift on the right, but was up in the box when it counted to score the equalizer.

Substitutes

Roger Levesque - N/A
Sebastien Le Toux - N/A
Tyson Wahl - N/A

Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com

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