Leading defending champion Seattle 2-0 after 75 minutes, Minnesota United went from being on the verge of making the MLS Cup title match to a crushing defeat by the Sounders for the Western Conference title.
A two-goal lead with less than 20 minutes to play should be enough of a cushion in soccer. But not for the Loons, who added another chapter to the three-decade heartbreak of Minnesota's men pro sports teams.
Brian Schmetzer coached four-time MLS All-Star Ozzie Alonso for 10 seasons as a Sounders assistant and head coach and the two have remained friends. But they ignored each other in the days before the Western Conference final.
Minnesota United will play for the league title at home if eighth-seeded New England wins Sunday at third-seeded Columbus in the Eastern final and if the Loons beat the defending MLS Cup champion Sounders on Monday.