Seattle Sounders Advance to MLS Cup Final, Set Up Rematch With Toronto

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SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 23: Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders during the CONCACAF Champions League match between Seattle Sounders and Club America at CenturyLink Field on February 23, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

The Seattle Sounders advanced to their second straight MLS Cup Final, defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-0 in the match, and 5-0 over the two leg series. They’ll advance to face Toronto FC in a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup Final. That game will take place on December 9th, in Toronto.

Seattle Sounders Advance to MLS Cup Final

Coming into the match, the Houston Dynamo were already in a big hole. Down two goals, road goals no less, one goal from the Seattle Sounders would’ve put them in a position where four goals would’ve been needed to advance. The Sounders won the match 3-0.

Seattle opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on a wonderful combination play from Victor Rodriguez and Will Bruin. Bruin got the ball from Rodriguez, and somehow pulled up a flick that sent Rodriguez in on goal. Rodgriguez finished easily past Joe Willis, starting the party for the Sounders.

Clint Dempsey got the second on a quickly worked counter attack. The ball made its way out wide left to Joevin Jones. Jones hit a one time pass across the 18 yard box where Clint Dempsey finished home making it 2-0 in the 57th minute.

Things got dicy in the 66th minute which saw the use of VAR. Tomas Martinez and Jordy Delem came together on a mid-air clash for the ball. Delem sortof landed on top of Martinez, and Martinez responded by using Delem’s head to push up with, shoving Delem’s face into the turf. Head referee, Hilario Grajeda, deemed it worthy of a red card upon review.

Seattle’s third came in the 73rd as Harry Ship slipped in Will Bruin, who chipped it up over Joe Willis.

Jordan Morris also made his return from injury, his first appearance since a mid summer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The final whistle blew sending Sounders fans into celebration, and the Seattle Sounders into the MLS Cup Final.

This marks the second straight season where the Seattle Sounders have represented the Western Conference in the MLS Cup Final. Brian Schmetzer could become to the second head coach in league history to win back to back MLS Cups in his first two years in charge. The only other was Bruce Arena, with D.C. United in the league’s first two seasons.

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