MX23RW : Sunday, January 20 17:55:31
Nov 2, 2015 at 2.30am UK at ​CenturyLink Field
SeattleSeattle Sounders
2-1
Dallas
Ivanschitz (67'), Dempsey (86')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Castillo (18')

Result: Clint Dempsey seals late winner for Seattle in semi-final against Dallas

Clint Dempsey gives Seattle Sounders a 2-1 win in the first leg of their MLS Western Conference semi-final against Dallas with an 86th minute free kick.

Clint Dempsey scored from an 86th-minute free kick to give Seattle Sounders a 2-1 win in the first leg of their MLS semi-final against FC Dallas in the Western Conference on Sunday.

The visitors took an early lead at CenturyLink Field when Fabian Castillo latched on to Mauro Diaz's pass during a counter-attack before sliding the ball past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Moments before Dallas scored in the 18th minute, Dempsey had a penalty shout denied by the referee, but they worked hard to get back on level terms, with Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears having chances at goal.

The home side finally found the breakthrough after the half-time interval when Andreas Ivanschitz thumped the ball into the back of Jesse Gonzalez's net in the 67th minute after surging through Dallas's defence.

The game had a quiet spell with neither side forcing through a winner, but with just four minutes of normal time remaining, Dempsey stepped up to take a crucial lead in the semi-final tie.

Cristian Roldan conceded a free kick just outside of the box, and Dempsey, who has previously played for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, managed to send the ball past the keeper to take a 2-1 win for Seattle.

The Sounders will grab a spot in the final if they win or draw the second leg in Texas on Sunday.

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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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