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The Sounders U-23 traveled over 17 hours before they finally arrived in London, Ontario. The club led 2:0 at halftime and were just 45 minutes away from playing for a national title. However, the second half was all FC London as they tied the match with two quick goals and then won in with a strike in the 83rd minute. See photos from the match here.
See the United Soccer Leagues press release below.
TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced tonight the 2012 PDL Championship presented by Umbro will be hosted by the Carolina Dynamo at Macpherson Stadium next Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Eastern Conference Champion Dynamo will host the Central Conference Champion FC London in the championship match after each side won its respective National Semifinal on Saturday night.
The Dynamo had to battle back to earn a 2-1 victory against Orlando City U23 at Macpherson Stadium on Saturday night. The Lions took the lead as Nicolas Russo was able to turn home a deflected cross in the 25th minute, but Carolina hit back 10 minutes later through Donnie Smith before taking the lead in the 43rd minute through Shawn Sloan. The Dynamo were then able to hold on throughout a scoreless second half to earn their first trip to the PDL Championship Game, and their first trip to a USL championship contest since 1997.
London also fought back from a deficit at German Club Stadium, defeating the Sounders FC U23 3-2 after trailing by a pair of goals at the halftime break. The Sounders gained the upper hand in the 21st minute as Sean Morris was able to finish from close range. Dennis Sanchez then doubled their advantage in the 34th minute on a shot from 25 yards out.
But Carl Haworth pulled a goal back for London a minute into the second half, and then Bryan Da Cruz tied the game five minutes later, giving the home side momentum. Local product Alex Lewis then capped the victory with seven minutes to go, earning his side its first trip to the PDL Championship in just its fourth season of competition.
2012 PDL CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Umbro
Saturday, August 4
FC London at Carolina Dynamo, 7 p.m. ET
At Macpherson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS RESULTS
Saturday, July 28
Carolina Dynamo 2, Orlando City U23 1
FC London 3, Sounders FC U23 2