The Seattle Sounders fly to Dallas with destiny in their hands (at their feet?). Tomorrow’s second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals pits Seattle, holding a 1-goal lead, against FC Dallas, currently holding an away-goal tiebreaker.
As stated earlier, Dallas is deadly at home. They only dropped points in 4 of 17 matches in Frisco. Their style of fast, attacking soccer, centered around Diaz pulling the strings from anywhere on the pitch and hitting a streaking Castillo or Barrios works best when Dallas plays on the front foot. Hence the disparity in their home/away results. It is a tall, tall order for Seattle to win in Frisco but, thing is, Seattle doesn’t need much to advance.
The Sounders are wining when it matters. They pulled a Keyser Soze on the rest of MLS. In an L.A./Houston-style, Seattle loafed through the summer before surging into the postseason. No one needed to be afraid of the big, bad Sounders: they were cooked, too old and depleted. Now, unbeaten in 10 with 6 wins, Seattle is Seattle again. And the Columbia is rolling.