Johnson’s brace helps surging Sounders topple FCD

Updated: May 19, 2013


Seattle Sounders FC is starting to hit its
stride after the club secured a 4-2 win over the Western Conference leaders,
FC Dallas, at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.

Eddie Johnson scored a pair of goals and Lamar Neagle scored one and assisted
on another as the two sides played a wide open match flush with scoring

The result gives Seattle its third successive win after the club began the
campaign on a five-match winless streak.

Dallas, meanwhile, saw its nine-game unbeaten run come to an end despite goals
from Kenny Cooper and Michel just seven minutes apart in the second half.

Seattle exploited a poor Dallas defense in the first half and took the lead
after 16 minutes as Johnson found himself in on goal after a header from
Osvaldo Alonso allowed him to beat goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

Neagle was next to get in behind the defense and he latched on to a nice
through ball from Brad Evans to net Seattle’s second goal.

Blas Perez struck the post with a header shortly before halftime for Dallas,
but the visitors got back to within a goal in the 54th with a Cooper header
from eight yards.

Michel leveled the contest seven minutes later when he curled a corner kick
directly into the net as Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning got caught up in

But Seattle answered immediately and scored less than a minute later with
Neagle slipping a ball into the area for Johnson to finish.

Dallas had to play the final 17 minutes with 10 men as Perez was sent off for
elbowing Leo Gonzalez, and Obafemi Martins locked up the win seven minutes
from time when he rolled the ball into an empty net after Evans collected a
rebound and squared it to him 10 yards from goal.