Seattle Sounders Earn Climactic Victory And A Place In The 2020 MLS Cup Against The Columbus Crew
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Late drama and unexpected theatrics seem to be the norm these days in this season’s MLS Cup playoffs.
During Sunday’s Western Conference Final, this theme once again continued after the Seattle Sounders left soccer fans in a state of bewilderment as they made an eleventh hour sprint towards a 3-2 win over Minnesota United. Down 2-0 with just a little time to spare in the game, Seattle astonished MLS viewers across the country as they scored in the 75th, 89th and 93rd minutes of the match.
It was an absolutely unbelievable blitz that left many speechless.
“I can’t even find the words but Seattle’s found the goal,” said Fox commentator John Strong after Seattle’s Gustav Svensson scored the game-winner in injury time.
Even Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer didn’t know what to say. “I don’t know how we did it. I’m just telling you: I don’t know how we did it,” mentioned Schmetzer after the win.
Credit is due to Minnesota for almost earning an improbable win — and we need to give credit to those who have almost halted Seattle in recent weeks — but in the end, the Sounders are once again heading towards an MLS Cup appearance.
Columbus awaits them in MLS’s championship game this Saturday.
Columbus Crew 1-0 New England Revolution (Dec 6)
Speaking of Columbus, let’s give some attention to the other MLS Cup finalists who have forged their own path towards a potential trophy.
Up against scrappy yet resilient underdogs like the New England Revolution, the Crew found a way to narrowly sneak past their opposition through a lone goal in the 59th minute last Saturday.
Thanks to the effort from midfielder Artur, and also impressive performances in support from figures like Lucas Zelarayan and Jonathan Mensah, Columbus got the job done with a much-deserved victory in the Eastern Conference Final.
Although the #3 seed from the East have had to work a bit harder than expected against inferior teams in the playoffs, there’s no doubt that they still have a fighting chance for a league title against the Sounders this weekend.
Seattle Sounders 3-2 Minnesota United (Dec 7)
There’s just something about the Sounders once they step into the playoffs. No matter what statistics, arguments or literal goals are kicked at them, they somehow find a way to overcome anything and everything on a near-shockingly consistent basis.
In their latest win, Seattle took this a step further by not only allowing Minnesota to take a 2-0 lead, but to also not find the back of the net themselves until the 75th minute. Once that happened, a switch was flipped in the mentality of their players, knowing all too well that they were the ones who were truly destined for a place in the next and final round of the MLS playoffs.
A trophy could also be part of their destiny as well as they are attempting to solidify their status as a dynasty. If Seattle win the MLS Cup this year, it would be their third since 2016.
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Seattle has a roster and manager that are well-versed in high-profile playoff matches, clutch players like Raul Ruidiaz, and some exciting momentum after their thrilling 3-2 comeback over Minnesota.
Columbus has plenty of firepowers themselves — and they should make this championship match a close one — but it will be Seattle who inevitably come out on top.
Seattle Sounders to win (-112)
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]