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Big Game Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson boom booms us into the next playoff round. (Animated)

In a must-win, the Sounders found a way to persevere. Rather pretty at times and sometimes not so pretty to watch, the Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 and move on to play Portland in the Western Conference semi-finals. Brad Evans scored the first goal of the night after taking a ball out of the air and striking it through the Rapids defense and past a diving Clint Irwin. It took until stoppage time when Clint Dempsey played Eddie Johnson a ball and EJ did the rest, weaving through a defender and knocking it past the goalkeeper to seal the victory for 10-man Seattle.

Clint Dempsey slices, Eddie Johnson dices.

Big Game Brad with some picture-perfect form scores the opener:


Clint Dempsey is taken out by Clint Irwin, who escaped with just a yellow card:


The odd and puzzling brain fart by Michael Gspurning which earned him a red card:


Eddie Johnson's goal set up with a great through ball by Clint Dempsey:


Eddie's emotional celebration. His shirt apparently was for the memory of the trainer's wife who had recently passed away:


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