I'm probably more embarrassed for the center ref because he created the environment where Dallas' bush league tactics were able to work. I expect him to trade jerseys with someone from FC Dallas, and he'll probably go get Denilson's autograph after that. I don't think his assessment will go too well.
Dallas employed a new time wasting technique. Carlos Ruiz was subbed out in extra time, and then wandered around the field trying to find someone to take the captain's armband. The Hoops followed that up by having someone from their bench take the ball on a Seattle throw-in. Dario Sala should get an Oscar for his performance rolling around after some non-contact on a sliding tackle attempt by Seattle's Tomlinson. As the Seattle announcers said, you just look kind of silly when you do this while the big screen shows that you weren't touched on the challenge.
The large crowd in Seattle was not amused by this ridiculousness. It's always funny to me when the bigger team has to employ the childish tactics.
Seattle cut the score in half in the last minute of regular time, and of course Sala threw the ball away. When the Sounders grabbed the second ball by the goal, Sala then threw one out on the field to hold up play even longer. The ref should've had about three minutes of stoppage time added, but barely added any.
The Hoops win 2-1 after all of the cheese. They'll host New England in the Open Cup final. The Revs won their semi over Carolina in extra time 2-1.