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MLS Cup Playoffs: FC Dallas 2-1 AET (3-3 agg., 4-2 PKs) Seattle Sounders

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The game in 100 words (or less): You want drama? The 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs got drama. Just ask FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders, who played 83 minutes of intense, edge-of-your-seat soccer. It was fun. It would have been a good game had it ended 0-0, as was the score to that point. Instead, the two teams provided three goals in the next eight minutes to send this Western Conference semifinal second leg to extra time (3-3 on aggregate, level with one away goal each). 30 minutes of scoreless soccer later, to penalties they went. 20-year-old FCD goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made back to back saves on penalty attempts from Andreas Ivanschitz and Chad Barrett to give his side a decided advantage. Oscar Pareja’s men converted their first three from the spot, putting their fourth taker, Walker Zimmerman, in a position to send them through. Zimmerman hammered his penalty past Stefan Frei. FCD will face the winner of Vancouver Whitecaps versus Portland Timbers in the other conference semi Sunday night.

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Three moments that mattered

84' — Akindele heads home to win it late — Je-Vaughn Watson blazed down the right wing, past a struggling Ivanschitz, and whipped the cross into the box, where Tesho Akindele was awaiting his first touch after coming off the bench a minute earlier. First touch… winner.

90' — Marshall heads home to put Seattle back ahead — FCD had been so good defending set pieces all season, and this is how their fantastic season is going to end? Sometimes soccer is so cruel and so unfair.

90+1' — Zimmerman heads FCD back level — Fear not, FCD fans, your season is going to continue for (at least) 30 minutes longer, thanks to Zimmerman, who made the most of Blas Perez’s send-it-back-into-the-mixer flick.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz

Goalscorers: Akindele (84'), Marshall (90'), Zimmerman (90+1')

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