FRISCO, Texas -- The Seattle Sounders advanced to the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, winning a two-leg series against FC Dallas 4-2 after falling 2-1 in the second game.
Seattle will host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Game 1 of the conference finals. Dallas, the Supporters' Shield winner, was just the third team in MLS history to face a three-goal deficit after the first game -- and no team has ever come back.
Seattle sat back in the defensive end for much of the first half but gave up a goal in the 25th minute. Dallas defender Atiba Harris hooked a cross into the area and Tesho Akindele headed it off the crossbar for his third career playoff goal.
Seattle got a much needed away goal in the 54th minute from midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro to tie it a 1-1. Tyrone Mears stole the ball from Walker Zimmerman deep in Dallas territory and played it across goal for a sliding Lodeiro.
Two minutes later, Maximiliano Urruti gave Dallas a 2-1 lead but it still needed three more goals to move on.