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Sports Sounders upset league-best LAFC 3-1 to reach MLS Cup final

09:45  30 october  2019
09:45  30 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Toronto advances, ends Wayne Rooney's MLS career

  Toronto advances, ends Wayne Rooney's MLS career TORONTO — Jonathan Osorio scored twice, Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon added two more in a four-goal extra-time outburst and Toronto FC beat D.C. United 5-1 on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs to end Wayne Rooney's MLS career. The 33-year-old Rooney is returning to England to join Derby County. Toronto advanced to play at New York City FC on Wednesday night. Lucas Rodriguez tied it for D.C. United in the 93rd minute. Toronto then scored in the 93rd, 95th, 103rd and 105th minutes.Laryea beat Bill Hamid from close range three minutes into extra time after Michael Bradley stole the ball and fed DeLeon.

Nicolas Lodeiro features in all three goals as Sounders win 3 - 1 . Los Angeles FC bows out at home Eduard Atuesta scored in the opening minutes on a free kick for LAFC , which reached the MLS records for points, goals and goal differential during arguably the best regular season in league history.

The greatest final four in MLS playoff history? The conference finals feature the regular season's best team, plus the last three MLS Cup winners. So who is set to reach this year's final on Nov. Prediction: LAFC 3 - 1 Seattle Sounders -- Arch Bell (@ArchBell). East: 2 Atlanta United vs. 4 Toronto

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LOS ANGELES — Although Los Angeles FC had the best regular season in Major League Soccer history, the 2-year-old club had never been this deep in the playoffs.

The tough, tested Seattle Sounders go deep almost every year, and they'll get to play for another championship after a vintage display of post-season grit and guile in the Western Conference final.

Nicolás Lodeiro scored a goal and assisted on two more by Raúl Ruidíaz, and the Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup final for the third time in four years with a 3-1 victory over LAFC on Tuesday night.

Ruidíaz and Lodeiro scored four minutes apart in the first half to claim the lead for the Sounders, who held probable MLS MVP Carlos Vela to one shot on goal while they upset the Supporters' Shield winners with a superb big-game performance.

Toronto FC coach says Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore continue to make progress

  Toronto FC coach says Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore continue to make progress TORONTO — The injury report was positive Saturday for Toronto FC ahead of Wednesday's MLS Eastern Conference final in Atlanta. Centre back Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) took part in training — "involved with everything," said coach Greg Vanney. "He feels great," Vanney added. "He did a lot of high-intensity change-of-direction movement. All the things that we need him to do to show he's ready to play. And he felt good. So he'll be in full trainingCentre back Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) took part in training — "involved with everything," said coach Greg Vanney.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Toronto FC square off against Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders as they contest MLS Cup for the

The 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs was the postseason tournament subsequent to Major League Soccer's 2010 season. The playoffs began on Oct. 30, with the Los Angeles Galaxy defeating the Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinal-round.

Los Angeles' MLS newcomers have a raucous stadium and a thrilling style of play, but the Sounders have years of playoff experience that LAFC can't match. Seattle's veterans pushed, shoved and carried them back to the one-game final, where the Sounders won the league title in 2016 and lost to Toronto FC in 2017.

"The many times that we've been to MLS Cup now has been off grit, has been off not playing pretty," midfielder Cristian Roldan said. "It's been off winning in different ways. Today we won in a different way. We locked down defence. We scored on our few opportunities. In other games, maybe we would play pretty. But we knew it was going to be a tough opponent away from home. We adjusted accordingly. Sometimes we would press. Sometimes we would sit back. Overall, it was just a fantastic performance."

Late goal by substitute Nick DeLeon sends Toronto FC to MLS Cup final

  Late goal by substitute Nick DeLeon sends Toronto FC to MLS Cup final ATLANTA — Substitute Nick DeLeon scored in the 78th minute as Toronto FC rallied to beat defending champion Atlanta United FC 2-1 Wednesday and advance to the MLS Cup final for the third time in four years. DeLeon took a pass from Alejandro Pozuelo, pivoted at the edge of the penalty box to make room for his shot and curled the ball high into the Atlanta goal over a diving Brad Guzan. Atlanta, which had controlled most of the second half, wasDeLeon took a pass from Alejandro Pozuelo, pivoted at the edge of the penalty box to make room for his shot and curled the ball high into the Atlanta goal over a diving Brad Guzan.

Seattle Sounders advance to first MLS Cup after beating Colorado Rapids. After seven postseason trips, Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders have reached their first MLS Cup after beating the Colorado Sign up now to receive Sports Illustrated's best content, special offers and much more.

See also: MLS performance in the CONCACAF Champions League and Campeones Cup . multiple berths, or if any of the MLS berths are taken by a Canada-based MLS team, the berth is reallocated to the best U.S.-based from Liga MX, hosted by the MLS team in September.[39] The inaugural edition saw Tigres UANL defeat Toronto FC 3 – 1 on Sounders . Earthquakes. LAFC . Galaxy. Whitecaps.

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Seattle slowed down the most potent offensive team in MLS history with physical defence, sometimes on the edge of legality. The Sounders committed 12 fouls and appeared to get away with two handballs in their box, but LAFC failed to capitalize on any of its meagre chances after Eduard Atuesta scored on a free kick in the opening minutes.

Lodeiro joyously carried the conference trophy back to the visitors' locker room at Banc of California Stadium after an on-field celebration that was drowned out by LAFC fans' singing.

"We wanted to push LAFC into areas where they were less effective," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. "That was the entire game plan, just to see if we could slow down their attack. And then on the attacking side, we knew we could create chances against this team. They take many risks when they defend or counter-press. Our guys were well coached. They did exactly what we needed to do to get into their half of the field."

TFC stun reigning champion Atlanta to reach MLS Cup final again

  TFC stun reigning champion Atlanta to reach MLS Cup final again The 2019 MLS Cup final will have a familiar feel to it. For the third time in four seasons, Toronto FC will meet the Seattle Sounders in the showpiece contest after the Canadian side upset reigning champions Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday. A stunning strike from substitute Nick DeLeon in the 78th minute gave the Reds a 2-1 win, setting up a rubber match with the Sounders on Nov. 10. NICK DELEON ARE YOU SERIOUS#ATLvTOR // Audi #MLSCupPlayoffspic.twitter.com/mLVuph2wPW— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2019The gorgeous goal capped an impressive turnaround.

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Seattle will either host Toronto or visit defending champion Atlanta United for the MLS Cup final next Sunday, Nov. 10. The Eastern Conference finalists meet Wednesday night.

LAFC reached the MLS records for points, goals and goal differential during the long MLS regular season. LAFC then beat the crosstown LA Galaxy 5-3 last Thursday for its first playoff victory.

But Seattle largely kept the ball away from Vela, who followed up his record 34-goal regular season with two goals against the Galaxy last week. Diego Rossi also was barely a factor, managing just two shots.

"Nobody expected this end for our season," Vela said. "But we know in the playoffs, it's one game, and if they make better plays than you, you're out. In the end, I think we have to be proud with how we've done all year, and we have to learn. We have just two years as a club. We have things to improve."

Seattle beat LAFC for the first time in five meetings. The Sounders celebrated with the large section of visiting fans before climbing on a stage and raising the trophy despite loud songs from LAFC's indefatigable North End supporters' section.

Jozy Altidore says it will take a miracle to pay Sunday in MLS Cup final

  Jozy Altidore says it will take a miracle to pay Sunday in MLS Cup final Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore offered a blunt update Monday on the quad strain that has kept him out of the MLS playoffs. "It's been a while. At this point, it'll take a little bit of a miracle to be out there on Sunday," he said, referencing the MLS Cup final in Seattle against the Sounders. "But that's where I am. And I've just got to try to keep trying to get myself there." Pressed on what's needed to get back on the field in time for Sunday's sold-out championship game at CenturyLink Field, Altidore repeated "a miracle" and laughed."As simple as that," he added. "That's where we're at at this point.

Previous MLS cup finals Center), 3 - 1 2013: Sporting Kansas City over Real Salt Lake (Sporting Park), 1-1 (SKC won penalty shootout, 7-6) 2014: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (StubHub Center), 2-1 (extra time) 2015: Portland Timbers over Columbus Crew (Mapfre

Highlights from Seattle Sounders FC's 2- 1 loss at Toyota Stadium in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. With the result, Seattle advanced 4-2 on aggregate to the

Lodeiro followed up his outstanding performance against Real Salt Lake in the conference semifinal with another dominant offensive game. The 30-year-old Uruguayan set up Ruidíaz's goal and then scored his own in a blistering sequence late in the first half.

"We never stopped believing we could win," Schmetzer said. "We found a way to score the equalizer, and I think the second goal stunned LAFC a little bit. They were going, 'OK, what's going on here? This shouldn't happen.'"

Ruidíaz made it 3-1 in the 64th minute when Lodeiro stole an attempted clearance and fed him for a beautiful shot past Tyler Miller, the former Sounders backup goalkeeper. Ruidíaz, the 5-foot-7 Peruvian forward, has six goals in just five career MLS post-season games.

LAFC pushed in the second half but couldn't get through.

"If we play this game 10 times, we probably win nine out of 10," LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye said. "But playoffs are just different."

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Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup final .
Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup finalTFC will have to do it on hostile ground, however, with a sellout crowd of more than 69,000 solidly behind the home-town Sounders at CenturyLink Field as Toronto and Seattle meet in the MLS Cup final for the third time in four years.

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