The Sounders were undermanned from the beginning, missing five regular starters to injury or national team duty. Those starters included strikers Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and Obafemi Martins (quad), the only Seattle players to score a goal this season.

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FRISCO, Texas — Drained of their firepower, the Seattle Sounders couldn’t manage to find the net.

And for that, striker Chad Barrett blames himself.

Barrett, called on to carry the Sounders’ attack in the absence of scoring stars Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, had three golden chances to put Seattle on the scoreboard Saturday night at Toyota Stadium, but failed to convert any, leaving the Sounders witha 0-0 draw against FC Dallas.

The shorthanded Sounders (1-1-1) were more than happy to grab a point from their first road game of the young season, especially against unbeaten Dallas (3-0-1). But Barrett thought they should have had more.

“It’s not a disappointing result. It’s a lost opportunity,” Barrett said.

“And it falls pretty big on my shoulders. I had three really good chances, and I have to test the keeper.

“I have to score one of those. That’s my job, what I’m paid to do. If you want playing time, if you want to get in more games, you’ve got to score those goals.”

The Sounders were undermanned from the beginning, missing five regular starters to injury or national-team duty. Those starters included strikers Dempsey (hamstring) and Martins, the only Seattle players to score a goal this season.

Martins was a last-minute scratch thanks to a strained quadriceps suffered during Tuesday’s friendly against Tijuana. Defender Chad Marshall (neck strain) was also held out in a late decision, and midfielder Marco Pappa was out thanks to duty for Guatamala’s national team.

As a result, Cristian Roldan made his first MLS start, and Victor Mansaray and Oniel Fisher made their first appearances in a league match.

Seattle got a man-up opportunity in the 18th minute when Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta chased a bouncing ball with a high kick and instead caught Sounders midfielder Andy Rose square in the midsection.

Acosta was shown a red card, leaving FC Dallas down to 10 men and suddenly making Seattle seem not quite so shorthanded.

Still, coach Sigi Schmid said the red card didn’t really change Dallas’ game much.

“The way Dallas plays, playing a man down doesn’t really impact their game because they play for free kicks and they play a lot of long passes through to Fabian Castillo and try to run,” Schmid said.

While the advantage added up to little in terms of offense for the rest of the first half – the Sounders finished without a single shot attempt – that changed markedly after halftime, as Seattle got comfortable with a lineup filled with newcomers and an unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation.

The Sounders kept possession more than 71 percent of the time in the second half and fired off seven shots. But none were on goal, even though Barrett got into the clear again and again.

In the 54th minute, defender Leo Gonzalez, left open on the left wing, fired a perfect cross in front of the net but Barrett’s point-blank header sailed wide.

Barrett had an even better chance in the 72nd, beating the Dallas defense to Lamar Neagle’s through ball and coming in one-on-one with FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz, only to miss wide of the far post.

Barrett also came up just short on Michael Azira’s chip into the box, as Seitz got to it just before the Seattle forward.

“We need to score one of those three. (If we do, we’re walking away with three points tonight,” Schmid said.

On the plus side, the defense was outstanding, posting a clean sheet in the wake of a horrid performance in its previous game, a 3-2 loss to San Jose.