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Dallas
2-1
SeattleSeattle Sounders
Akindele (84'), Zimmerman (91')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Marshall (90')
Dallas win 4-2 on penalties

Result: Dallas overcome Seattle Sounders on penalties to progress

FC Dallas reach their first MLS Western Conference final in five years after a thrilling penalty-shootout victory over Seattle Sounders.

Dallas have progressed to the MLS Western Conference final after beating Seattle Sounders 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw on aggregate in the semi-final.

Western Conference winners Dallas trailed 2-1 to Sounders after the first leg in Seattle a week ago, and it was the visitors who started on the front foot as Andreas Ivanschitz forced a save from Jesse Gonzalez.

The Texan side had won nine of their last 10 home matches, however, and they had their first sight of goal midway through the first half when top scorer Fabian Castillo nutmegged a defender and fired a rasping effort over the crossbar from distance.

Sounders were unfortunate not to take the lead when Tyrone Mears's whipped ball across goal narrowly evaded everyone in the penalty area, before Michael Barrios saw his half-volley held by Stefan Frei and Gonzalez had to tip Nelson Valdez's deflected shot over the bar on the stroke of half time as both teams had further chances.

The frantic pace continued after the break and Frei produced a fine reflex save to deny Castillo from close range as Dallas dominated possession in the second half, and they went ahead on away goals when substitute Tesho Akindele headed home his first touch of the ball to put his side in front on the night.

That lead lasted just six minutes, however, as Chad Marshall headed in from a corner to seemingly put Seattle into the final, but a remarkable final few minutes of the 90 contained another twist when a corner at the other end led to Walker Zimmerman turning home from close range to send the game to extra time.

Both teams looked understandably fatigued as the extra 30 minutes got under way after the dramatic finale to regulation time, with Akindele's curling effort the only chance of note in the first half.

Frei denied Akindele with a smart stop four minutes from time as the tie headed to penalties, and when Gonzalez saved from Ivanschitz and Marshall, Zimmerman converted to send Dallas into their first Conference final since 2010 and break Seattle hearts.

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Amobi Okugo on February 15, 2012
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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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