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.
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.
Man of the match: Mauro Diaz
Goalscorers: Akindele (84′), Marshall (90′), Zimmerman (90+1′)