By Zack Walford
Seattle Sounders open up a five point lead at the top of the Western Conference, coming from behind to beat FC Dallas 2-1 at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.
Kenny Cooper scored the winning goal in the 87th minute, netting against his former club to seal all three points for the Sounders, taking their tally to seven wins from ten.
Dallas took the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot, after Brad Evans brought down Blas Perez, following a tangle of legs.
Brazilian born Michel stepped up for Dallas and slotted home his penalty, leaving Stefan Frei marooned in the middle of the Seattle goal.
The Sounders responded well though as they tested Dallas goalkeeper, Raul Fernandez, on several occasions.
Clint Dempsey’s free kick looked to be heading in, but his effort was spectacularly saved by the Peruvian keeper.
Despite holding on and taking their 1-0 lead into halftime, FC Dallas stepped off the gas and allowed Seattle too much space in the second-half.
Former Birmingham City striker, Obafemi Martins, found space in behind the Dallas defence and was able to pick out Lamar Neagle at the near post, as he tapped home the equaliser for his fourth of the season on his 27th birthday.
The goal inspired Seattle, as the crowd became louder and sensed that there were more goals on offer as Dallas looked deflated.
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The Sounders went close with a effort through Mexican midfielder Gonzalo Pineda in the 65th minute, again bringing a save from Fernandez.
Seattle continued to knock on the door of FC Dallas but Fernandez wasn’t letting anybody in, as he performed a superb reflex save to deny Dempsey from close range after Osvaldo Alonso’s long range effort was parried onto the post.
FC Dallas’ resistance was finally broken in the 87th minute with another dangerous, low cross from Martins finding former Dallas striker Kenny Cooper who slotted the ball home with his first touch of the game.
The goal sent Seattle fans into raptures, but there were just muted celebrations from the man who spent three years at the Toyota Stadium between 2006-2009.
There was a late chance for Dallas In the 94th minute, as captain Matt Hedgers sent his header over the bar following a cross from Dallas goalscorer Michel.
The win leaves FC Dallas in third place on 16 points, six points behind Western Conference leaders Seattle on 22.
FC Dallas will aim to bounce back away to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, whilst the Seattle Sounders travel to the Gillette Stadium to play New England Revolution on Sunday.