You cannot kill the Seattle Sounders. The 2016 MLS Cup champions went to top-seeded and Supporters Shield-winning LAFC and won quite soundly at Banc of California Stadium. After conceding the opening goal of the game to LAFC via a superb Eduard Atuesta free kick, DSS’s Haris Kruskic promptly went to bed and Seattle secured the comeback win.
But I’m burying the lede. The win by Seattle means that Atlanta United will have a chance to host MLS Cup for the second consecutive season if they can defeat Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Final. It’s something that seemed so far out of the realms of possibility at times earlier this season, but credit the team for rebounding in the last month of the season to claim the seeding required for these stars to align.
It should be said, the better team won the game, and beating Sounders in the final looks to be no easy task, whether it’s Atlanta or Toronto playing against them. But the result is bound to give players for both Atlanta and Toronto an added bounce in their step with a record-breaking LAFC team out of the picture.