FULL-TIME: The Sounders advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the 11th straight season after beating FC Dallas 4-3 in extra time. The Sounders jumped out to a 2-0 lead, only to see that evaporate; went ahead 3-2 only to see FC Dallas equalize again; and finally got the winner in the 113th minute on Jordan Morris’ third goal of the game.
SOUNDERS 4, FC DALLAS 3: Jordan Morris scored a hat trick, putting away a loose ball in the box to give the Sounders the lead in the 113th minute.
JORDAN MORRIS. HILARIOUS. 4-3 SOUNDERS pic.twitter.com/tdnPRqek8h— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 19, 2019
SOUNDERS 3, FC DALLAS 3: Bryan Acosta was left unmarked on a corner and allowed another equalizer.
SOUNDERS 3, FC DALLAS 2: Jordan Morris put the Sounders back ahead, redirecting a Gustav Svensson header back across goal off a corner kick in the 75th minute.
Just how we drew it up, really. 3-2 Sounders. pic.twitter.com/VDYB35Kl3s— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 19, 2019
SOUNDERS 2, FC DALLAS 2: After dominating the first 15 minutes of the second half, Dallas finally got their equalizer in the 64th minute when Matt Hedges headed in a Michael Barrios corner kick. Cristian Roldan was nearly able to clear it off the line, but only could deflect it into the net.
SOUNDERS 2, FC DALLAS 1: Reggie Cannon pulled one back for Dallas just as it looked as though the Sounders were seizing control of the match, finishing off a chance that pinged around the goal. It briefly looked like it might come back for a handball, but replays showed it was a clean finish.
SOUNDERS 2, FC DALLAS 0: Just four minutes after taking the lead, the Sounders extended it. Raúl Ruidíaz won a header near midfield that put Joevin Jones on the break. Jones took a few dribbles and then slid it over to Jordan Morris, who beat Jesse Gonzalez through the legs.
Hey Dallas, maybe you should try to defend or not. Jordan Morris goal. 2-0 Sounders. pic.twitter.com/H7ypmAwjYX— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 19, 2019
SOUNDERS 1, FC DALLAS 0: Raúl Ruidíaz put an emphatic end to his five-game goalless drought, with a dipping and knuckling shot from about 25 yards.
Big time goal from a big time player. pic.twitter.com/RSZUR3740P— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 19, 2019
TIFO: Emerald City Supporters came through with a playoff tifo, riffing on the line from the Perry Cuomo song “Bluest Skies.”
LINEUPS: No big surprises for the Seattle Sounders as they’ll use the same lineup they used in their regular-season finale. The one big change to the roster is the return of Victor Rodriguez, who will be available off the bench. FC Dallas lists their lineup as a 4-2-3-1 but it will likely play more as a 5-4-1 with Reggie Cannon and Ryan Hollingshead likely deployed as wingbacks.
The Seattle Sounders return to action and take on FC Dallas in the first round of the 2019 MLS Playoffs. In a big change, every playoff game this year is single-game elimination, compared to the previously used two-game aggregate series.
The last time these two played in the playoffs, Seattle won 4-2 on aggregate back in 2016 on their way to MLS Cup. Overall, Seattle is 14-9-9 all-time against Dallas in the regular season and playoffs, which includes a 11-1-3 home record.
The Sounders have yet to concede a goal to a Dallas player this season. Seattle lost 2-1 in Frisco, Texas on June 1 by way of two own-goals and drew 0-0 on Sept. 18 at home.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: F - Will Bruin (knee)
OUT: F - Cristian Colman (calf strain); F - Dominique Badji (quad strain)
Referee: Nima Saghafi
AR1: Ian Anderson
AR2: Jason White
4th: Baldomero Toledo
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
Keys to the Game
- Hit ‘em early: The Sounders have not been a great first-half team this year, but when they head into halftime leading they are 10-0-0. A quick start could easily deflate Dallas, who is not used to getting positive results at CenturyLink Field.
- Get Raul going: Ruidíaz is currently mired in the longest scoring drought of his brief MLS career — five games — and definitely seems due. If the Sounders can feed him early, that could spark a big game.
- Keep an eye on Barrios: If there’s one player who can turn the tide for Dallas it’s probably Michael Barrios. He was deployed as a sort of false-9 the last time Dallas visited, but is more likely to be deployed as a winger in this game. Denying him space must be of paramount importance.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 12:30 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA
National English TV: FS1 (Strong, Holden, Witham)
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, FoxSports.com, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: Fox Deportes (Alejandro Luna and Martin Zuniga)
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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