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Houston back in West, where they broke Sounders hearts in 2009 playoffs

MLSwestThe Houston Dynamo visit Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday, once against as Western Conference rivals, as they were in 2009 when they ended that magical Sounders expansion season.

The Dynamo were the Sounders first playoff opponent. The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first leg in Seattle, and then went through another scoreless 90 minutes in Houston before Brian Ching scored what proved to be the series winner nine minutes into extra time.

Seattle's first 11 that day were GK Keller; D Gonzalez, Marshall, Hurtado, Riley; M Zakuani, Evans, Alonso, Jaqua; F Montero, Ljungberg.

This morning coach Sigi Schmid was asked what he remembers about that series:

"It was a frustrating one because it was a series that ended with an overtime goal in Houston," he said. "I think

Brian Ching scored the goal if my memory still serves me correctly. It was something that we had done really well, we had gained our confidence at the beginning of that season. When we went into that playoff series we felt pretty good about where we were at defensively. I thought we were a pretty strong these that season defensively with Tyrone Marshall and some others in the back. Offensively we just couldn’t get untracked. But the game in Houston I remember we had some really good looks, some good chances. I remember Freddie Ljungberg had a really good chance, I think Montero had a really good look that we just didn’t score on. It was just frustrating not getting past.

"Sometimes when you look at a history of a club, if you get past that first series it changes each subsequent year because that confident just grows even greater. But what’s good about it was we were in the playoffs, and we’ve been in the playoffs every year since, and we plan on being there again."