- Dallas could not afford to slip up after Seattle came out on top in the opening tie
- But goals from Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira and Jader Obrain set up a third game
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FC Dallas leveled the score in their best-of-three series with Seattle Sounders as goals from Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira and Jader Obrian kept their MLS playoff hopes alive.
After an opening 2-0 defeat in Seattle on Monday, Dallas knew another slip-up at Toyota Stadium would bring their season to an end.
But they got off to a dream start on Saturday night, with Arriola heading home the opener from Bernard Kamungo’s cross inside six minutes.
Just 12 minutes later, Kamungo was involved in Dallas’ second goal of the night when the striker was brought down in the box by Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo. The hosts were awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review, and Ferreira converted it for his first career MLS playoff goal.
FC Dallas leveled the score in their best-of-three series with Seattle Sounders thanks to goals from the likes of Jader Obrian (pictured)
Jesus Ferreira also got on the scoresheet from the penalty spot in a 3-1 victory for Dallas
Echoing Dallas’ quick start, the Sounders responded early in the second half, with an ill-advised back pass from Kamungo – who went from hero to zero – allowing Jordan Morris to race into the box and convert from close range.
Initially ruled an offside play, the goal was validated after a brief discussion between the officials, giving Morris his second goal of the first-round series.
The next key ruling wasn’t in the Sounders’ favor, despite Ferreira appearing to pull the jersey of Raul Ruidiaz in the box with just over 15 minutes to play. Seattle wasn’t awarded a penalty kick upon review, nevertheless, as the pull wasn’t deemed to have been an impediment to a true scoring chance.
After near-misses from Ruidiaz and Obed Vargas almost gave Seattle the equalizer, Obrian then sealed Dallas’ win with a terrific strike in the 89th minute.
Just six minutes after entering the match as a substitute, the Colombian forward picked up the ball and raced downfield, before sending his effort from distance into the bottom-left corner.
The result sets up a winner-take-all Match 3 in Seattle next Friday.