FC Dallas held the Seattle Sounders to only three efforts on target and earned a gritty and rare 0-0 draw on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field, moving back above the Western Conference playoff line in the process.
They also snapped a string of eight league losses at Seattle, earning just their fifth MLS point in 12 visits there overall.
Xavier Arreaga was sent off late in the second half for the Sounders due to a second bookable offense, as his side were shut out at home for the first time this season.
Seattle remain second in the Western Conference with three matches remaining, two points ahead of a Minnesota United team that has four left to play.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Dallas are far from comfortable in their position above the playoff line, especially considering the Timbers have a game left in hand. But given their past history at Seattle, this was definitely a moral victory. That's not even to mention their defensive turnaround from their last time out, in which they conceded four goals before halftime in a 4-0 loss at the Chicago Fire.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Seattle's best chance to get to FCD might have been their earliest, when Joevin Jones whipped in a ball from the left that both Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz may have done better with on a different day.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Joevin Jones. It was too hard to pick out one stellar performer for Dallas' defense, and not much was asked of Jesse Gonzalez or Stefan Frei. The Sounders didn't do nearly enough with their majority share of possession, but Jones' work on the left flank was at the root of three of their four best chances.