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Sounders-Dallas open with 1-1 draw

First leg goes final at 1-1. Series will resolve Nov. 10 at CenturyLink Field.

I'll be back with notes and quotes.

72' Azira for Pappa.

64' Interesting first sub for Seattle: Kenny Cooper for Neagle.

54' GOAL Sounders. Draw even 1-1. Alonso finishes at far post from Pappa free kick. And a reminder that away goals are the first tie-breaker in this aggregate-score series.

Second half: ... has begun. Sounders have wind to their backs this half.

Halftime: Dallas 1, Sounders 0. Oba with another dangerous shot on goal in stoppage time, which Fernandez swats away. Dallas keeper had a nice half.Shots 4-1 SEA; on target 3-1 SEA; corners 2-2; pass accuracy 71.7% DAL, 63.5 SEA; possession, 50.8 DAL.

33' Pappa dumps Escobar in the box. 1-0 Michel hits PK. Dallas, 1-0. That was Dallas' first shot on goal tonight.

First half hour: Scoreless. 55% possession to Dallas. But best chance to Sounders (Martins, 1on1, but Fernandez save.)

First 25 minutes: Possession has evened out a bit, though probably still tilts to Dallas. Best chance to Sounders, though Martins on a one-on-one with keeper Raul Fernandez, who went down to make the save.

First 10 minutes: Possession strongly to Dallas, which is playing with the wind to its back.

First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Still windy, from TV view will be blowing from right to left. Sounders rave/rave, Dallas red/red.

Lineups: For Sounders: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Neagle, Evans, Alonso, Pappa; Martins, Dempsey. Reserves: Hahnemann, Traore, Anibaba, Azira, Long, Barrett, Cooper.

For Dallas: Fernandez, Hernandez, Loyd, Hedges, Watson, Michel, Ulloa, Escobar, Castillo, Tesho, Perez. Reserves: Seitz, Zimmerman, Acosta, Benitez, Luccin, Hollingshead, Texeira.

Pregame: It's a comfortable but breezy evening tonight at Toyota Stadium where the Sounders will open their playoff run at FC Dallas. First kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT. The game will be shown on ESPN2 and heard on the usual radio outlets.

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and will keep this blog open before, during and after the match.

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