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Western Conference Finals,

First Leg at CenturyLink Field:

Seattle Sounders 2, Colorado Rapids 1

 

With the Seattle Sounders looking to make their first MLS Cup in club history, the team kicked off in their third trip to the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night in Seattle. The Sounders could not make it past the Conference Finals in 2012 and 2014, losing both rounds to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

In 2016, however, the Galaxy were eliminated from the playoffs by the Colorado Rapids in the Conference Semifinals. The Rapids marched into Seattle for Tuesday's first leg and scored an early goal before the Sounders fought back, scoring twice.

The MLS Rookie of the Year, Jordan Morris, and Newcomer of the Year, Nicolas Lodeiro, scored each of Seattle's goals to net the win and take a narrow aggregate lead into the second leg, Sunday in Colorado.

 

Sounders Starting XI (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Stefan Frei

Defenders: Tyrone Mears, Roman Torres, Chad Marsall, Joevin Jones

Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan; Nicolas Lodeiro, Erik Friberg, Jordan Morris

Forward: Nelson Valdez

Bench: Tyler Miller (GK), Brad Evans, Herculez Gomez, Zach Scott, Alvaro Fernandez, Andreas Ivanschitz, Oniel Fisher

 

Scoring Recap:

13' - Colorado Goal. Jermaine Jones slips a pass in the box to Kevin Doyle who has a shot deflected into the back of the net, above Frei.

19' - Seattle Goal. Roldan fires a shot past the outstretced arms of Colorado keeper Zac MacMath, however, the shot hits off the post. The deflected ball rebounds directly to Morris who blasts a shot, above MacMath, into the goal.

61' - Seattle Goal. Burch takes down Lodeiro in the box, earning a penalty for the Sounders. Lodeiro converts the PK and gives Seattle their first lead of the night. 

 

Seattle Substitutions:

69' - Brad Evans in for Erik Friberg

78' - Andreas Ivanschitz in for Jordan Morris

 

Additional Match Notes:

Defender Marc Burch of Colorado received a yellow card in the 34th minute after taking down Lodeiro with his arm.

Colorado midfielder and captain Sam Cronin received a yellow card in the 67th minute and will now miss the second leg of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

 

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer's Post-Match Press Conference:

 

Locker Room Interviews: Morris, Lodeiro and Frei spoke with the media after the 2-1 first leg win over Colorado.