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Seattle Sounders top Dallas, within win of (another) MLS Cup Final (video)

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 01: Shane O’Neill #27 (2L) of Seattle Sounders celebrates his goal with his teammates in the second half against FC Dallas during their Western Conference Semifinals game at Lumen Field on December 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders took a 1-0 lead on the play. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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An unlikely goal scorer set Seattle Sounders within a win of their four MLS Cup Final in five seasons after a 1-0 defeat of FC Dallas on Tuesday.

Shane O’Neill pounded a second-half header home off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick to give the Sounders their place in the Western Conference final against the winner of Thursday’s conference semifinal between Sporting KC and Minnesota United.

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Seattle outshot Dallas 14-10 and provided the match’s only two shots on target.

O’Neill is a former United States youth national team regular who started his career with Colorado before going overseas to play for Apollon Limassol, which saw him loaned to clubs in Belgium, the Netherlands, and England.

The Sounders won the MLS Cup in 2016 and 2019 over Toronto FC, falling to the Reds in 2017.

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