The Dynamo fox mascot has a fake beard on, playoff beard.
Sounders FC gathers in a circle, Ljungberg with hugs and taps on the chest for his mates, and they take the field.
No sellout today. Plenty of empty seats up high and in upper end zone.
2:06 kickoff. 70 degrees.
3rd — Ching with a bicycle kick off a good cross and Riley has to clear it out with Keller out of the net.
Sigi Schmid looks like he is going to a barbecue after the match. Dressed casually. It’s muggy out.
7th — Leo blocks Mullan’s shot after good cross from Oduro.
12th — Boswell inexplicably kicks ball over end line for a corner, and Tyrone Marshall’s header is too high but Seattle’s best chance thus far.
15 — Ball gets through and somehow no Dynamo player gets a good foot on it, close one.
16 — Clark with a ball in to Oduro and his shot is saved by Keller, right on point. Dynamo
knocking at the door.
23 — As a balloon flew in front of Keller, Oduro fired off a blast that hit the post. Third good scoring chance for Oduro alone.
24 — Marshall with aggressive tackle on Oduro and he had to, or Oduro was going to be on his own. Yellow for Marshall.
27- Montero beats his man and has a great chance but somehow shoots it wide. That has happened too many times this season. At the other end, Keller has to make a save as Seattle doesn’t get back fast enough.
30 — Holden up to Oduro, who beats Marshall down the side and Hurtado has a bad angle, shot to the far post has Keller beat, but it’s wide.
31 — Ching with a good chance and shoots it wide. This has not been a good first half for Seattle at all.
33 — Just a bad call there as Gonzalez get called for a push on Ching, and now a free kick for Dynamo at top of the arc.
Into the wall and blocked.
36 — Zakuani crosses and Cameron almost heads it in for an own goal. Sounders’ second-best scoring chance of the game so far, that’s how it’s gone.
42 — Ljungberg took an elbow and then Cameron tackles Ljungberg hard. It’s a foul on Houston. Freddie hears it from the crowd as Sigi protests.
43 — The free kick is headed by Clark back to Onstad who has to jump for a save as the ball was going in. Montero with the follow but its saved again.
Yellow to Chabala, he will miss next match if Houston advances.
Back to action, Ljungberg fouled and Houston complains.
54 — Jaqua left foots it near the goal but wide, good ball movement by Seattle but the chance is missed.
58 — Holden with the corner to Ching and his header goes wide as the crowd rose, thinking something was going to happen.
61 — Marshall, who already has a yellow, kicked Ching in the leg and got away with it, no call. Very close to being sent off there.
66 – Montero shot wide.
68 — Levesque in, Zakuani out.
70 – Save Keller on Ching shot.
74 — Marshall is limping and hurting, and now he’s yelling at Mullan. Ching and Ljungberg have also been going at it today. It’s getting to crunch time and the pressure is on. Marshall still working out the leg pain but remains on the field.
Attendance announced at 27,465.
78 — Levesque draws corner…looks like the rain will be here soon. Getting blustery. Player down for Seattle is Montero, working on his left leg, might be a cramp. Now he’s up and the referee is rushing him off the field. Montero is off, Ljungberg will corner.
81 — Montero back on after Ljungberg is called for flop. Levesque to Jaqua and Nate’s shot is wide, and Cameron is hurt for Houston and it looks serious.
82 — Landin on for Oduro for Dynamo.
83 — Cameron came off. Back on in 84th minute.
Back-to-back offisides calls stop the Dynamo, and then a chance in the 89th minute goes over the goal.
3 min added time.
Cameron with a yellow in extra time, wow, he’s been aggressive all game.
TWO 15-minute OT periods coming up. Keller and Ching shake hands before a coin toss. Short break for both teams (oranges and water) and now they take the field.
5th (96th) — GOAL DYNAMO. Ching with the one-timer blast, a shot right out of the air after Roger Levesque couldn’t clear the ball out of the area. 1-0 Houston, 25 minutes left in Seattle’s season right now.
10 — Ljungberg with a shot from the side that was going in, but Onstad leaps for the save and hits the ball over the net.
Marshall is hurt and Leo just signaled to the bench for a sub. It will be Nyassi.
104 — Nyassi is in for Marshall.
End of first OT period. 15 minutes for Seattle to tie.
Red card in the 120th minute to Riley, and now Sounders FC is showing its frustation. James Riley has to be held back, he has been sent off. Not a good way for this season to end. And end it will. What a year. What a team. What success for the most part. What a spring, summer and fall for Seattle soccer fans. But today it was not to be.
Final — Dynamo 1, Sounders FC 0.