Seattle, Washington, USA : The Houston Dynamo lost 0-3 in the Western Conference Finals as Seattle Sounders advance to Major League Soccer, MLS, Cup final to face Toronto FC and get the opportunity to become the first repeat MLS Cup champions since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011-12 — and on the same field Seattle won its first title a year ago.
The match was played before a 45,298 capacity crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seatle, thursday, night.
The defending champion Sounders advanced 5-0 on aggregate having won the first leg 2-0 in Houston last week.
Victor Rodriguez scored on a nifty give-and-go with Will Bruin in the 22nd minute. It came on a four-pass series, with Bruin’s right-footed flick the key. It found Rodriguez unmarked on a diagonal run into the penalty area, and his right-footed shot beat Joe Willis to give Seattle the early advantage.
Clint Dempsey finished a cross from Joevin Jones in the 52nd minute and added his third goal of the playoffs early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup final with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Thursday night.
Bruin added his second goal of the series in the 73rd minute.
Houston played the final 24 minutes with 10-men after Tomas Martinez was sent off for shoving the head of Seattle’s Jordy Delem as he was lying on the field following a foul. It was the second red card in the two-game series for Houston. Jalil Anibaba was given a red card in the first leg and missed Thursday’s game. Houston was also without defender Philippe Senderos (hamstring) and forward Romell Quioto (illness).
The Sounders have yet to allow a goal in the playoffs and haven’t been scored upon since a 2-0 loss at Philadelphia on Oct. 1. Seattle finished off the Dynamo without defender Roman Torres, who was out due to yellow card accumulation.
The Sounders and Toronto played to a 0-0 draw in the 2016 final before Seattle won on penalty kicks.