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Late goal sees former player punish Dallas

Kenny Cooper before the match
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Former FC Dallas man, Kenny Cooper, came back to haunt his former club as he scored a late winner for Seattle to seal a 2-1 win over Dallas at Century Link Field on Wednesday night.

It continues a struggle for Dallas, who have been struggling after an impressive start to the season as they’ve won just one of their last five matches.

FC Dallas started well enough and had a penalty after a quarter hour as Blas Perez ran in to the box to chase a ball over the top of the defense but was felled by Brad Evans, allowing Michel to step up and score the opener from the spot.

From there, though, it was all Seattle as they showed why they’re on top of the Supporter’s Shield standings, tearing FC Dallas apart and having several chances.

After a tight start/half Seattle were back on level terms as Obafemi Martins sent a through-ball for Lamar Neagle, splitting the FC Dallas defense, allowing Neagle to hit the ball home from close range to level the scores.

It was all Seattle and they nearly got in front almost instantly as Osvaldo Alonso hit a powerful effort from outside the area but was denied by the post.

The ball bounced back off of the post and fell out for Clint Dempsey who was left with a tap-in but Raul Fernandez recovered very well and made the save to deny the US legend.

It was a phenomenal match from Fernandez as Seattle peppered the Dallas goal with chance after chance but they just could not break through the stingy Dallas defense.

It seemed that Fernandez’s performance had done enough to salvage a point for FC Dallas as the time was running down and he continued to frustrate Dallas.

But with two minutes to play FC Dallas were devastated as Martins did it again, sending in a cross that found a wide open Cooper, who easily headed home the goal to seal a fifth straight win for Seattle.