Having 15 days off between MLS matches allowed FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja to work on a few things with his team.
That work paid off Sunday afternoon.
Midfielder Roland Lamah had two goals and an assist as the hosts defeated the two-time defending Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders 3-0 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Maximiliano Urruti also scored for Dallas (1-0-1) and goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer made three saves for his first career MLS shutout. Maurer’s best stop came late, as he leaped to deflect a 30-yard shot by Seattle’s Gustav Svensson just wide of the right post in the 82nd minute.
Lamah opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Mauro Diaz collected the ball near midfield and sent a pass down the right wing for Michael Barrios, who beat Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo. Barrios took the ball to the top of the 6-yard box, slotting a pass between Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei and defender Roman Torres to a wide-open Lamah, who tapped the ball into an empty net from just inside the left post.
The Sounders (0-2-0), who were eliminated by Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, played most of the match with 10 men.
Seattle striker Clint Dempsey was issued a red card in the 37th minute after a video review by referee Chris Penso. Dempsey was waiting for a pass at the top of the penalty area when Dallas’ Jacori Hayes grabbed him from behind to prevent his progress. Dempsey swung his right arm back to get away and nailed Hayes in the groin, causing him to crumple to the ground. Penso caught a glimpse of the play while looking over his shoulder and ejected Dempsey for violent conduct after the review.
Urruti made it 2-0 in the 58th minute on a 20-yard shot into the lower right corner and Lamah scored again in the 63rd, chipping the ball over Frei from about 5 yards out.
The Sounders, who have yet to score in league play this season, were without playmaking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, who missed the match with a sprained right foot, and forward Will Bruin, who suffered a head injury in the CONCACAF loss.
—Field Level Media