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Western Conference Semifinals Open Thread [6:30]

The one night we join with FC Dallas, Gut the Fish!

SOCCER: NOV 22 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Round One - FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s not hard to find a rooting interest in this one. You see, tonight in the Western Conference Semifinals FC Dallas travels to Seattle to take on the Fish in the Clink Lumen Field. The winner will punch their ticket to the Western Conference Finals. And we can all agree to be FC Dallas fans for just 90 minutes.

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas

This is a rematch from last year's first round barn-burner.

The Seattle Sounders from

The Sounders are 90 minutes (and maybe more) away from inching closer to their fourth trips to MLS Cup in the last five years. They’ll have to navigate past No. 6-seeded FC Dallas at Lumen Field and then possibly travel for a Western Conference Final, but they’re only two games away from having another trophy on the line.

“You need good players, you need good fans, you need good ownership, you need good organization,” Schmetzer said. “We have a lot of things going for us here. You need good assistant coaches, they do a great job. It requires a lot of work, but it’s something that I’m very proud of that this franchise has been successful.”

As for FC Dallas,

“We learned lessons last year that were hard. You can’t concede four goals and go through,” Gonzalez said on Wednesday. “You can, but it’s going to be very difficult. So we need to make sure we protect our half, protect our box and our goal in a way that doesn’t allow it to be such an open game. Seattle is a team that I think can hurt you on open-play counters, it can hurt you if you sit low, so we need to know when to vary our defensive blocks and read the game and make sure we get pressure on the ball and compete with them.

“Is that a high-pressing moment, is that sitting back lower? We have to do both well. It’s not going to take just one or the other. We have to be able to adapt entirely to the game and to their individuals and so we have to have our best game of the season. That’s for sure.”

Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas
Lumen Field – Seattle
December 1 – 9:30 PM ET
TV: FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN 1/5, TVA Sports


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