Pushed around from the opening minute, the Seattle Sounders were unable to generate much pressure on Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final, falling 2-0 to the new champions
Author: Andrew Harvey
Same teams, same site, same stakes — an MLS Cup. Sounders and Toronto will have a go in the Canadian cold, with a chance for the Sounders to make national and civic history.
Armed with a big lead before the start of the second leg, the Seattle Sounders swiftly dominated Houston, finishing off their Western Conference final opponents 5-0 on aggregate.
After a two-goal advantage on the road in the first leg, the Sounders return home Thursday for the second match against Houston. A win means an MLS Cup rematch in Toronto.
After four turnovers grounded the Air Raid offense, the 41-14 blowout inspired WSU coach Mike Leach to introduce Molly Putz Junior High School to the college football world.
A pair of well-placed crosses allowed Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin to deliver scores in a big 2-0 win in Houston Tuesday that put the Dynamo in a deep hole coming to Seattle.
Rested after a two-week layoff, the Seattle Sounders begin the first leg of the Western Conference finals Tuesday evening in Houston.
Clint Dempsey, who has made a career of scoring big goals, came up with two more for the Sounders Thursday to propel the team to the Western Conference finals.
Sounders must win Thursday’s match outright against Vancouver to guarantee a trip to the Western Conference finals, but injuries are forcing tough choices.
With both teams dealing with injuries and fatigue, the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday featured no goals, unusual rosters, and plenty of fouls.