Seattle Sounders Win but Lose As Well


Coming into the second leg of the Western Conference Finals, the Seattle Sounders were down 1-0 on aggregate. 32 minutes into the match the Sounders were up 2-0 and well on their way to advancing to their first ever MLS Cup final. However, Juninho made sure that they Los Angeles Galaxy would be on their way to yet another MLS Cup Final.

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In front of 46,758, an MLS playoff record, the Sounders came out looking for an early goal to tie the series on aggregate. The Sounders had their chances early but were not able to capitalize. They got their first break through in the 26th minute. With Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins causing havoc at the top of the box, Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo came out to challenge Dempsey seven yard from goal. Dempsey took a shot that took a deflection off of a Galaxy defender that rolled to the feet of Brad Evans.

In the 32nd minute after some sloppy play from the back line of the Galaxy, Dempsey found the ball at his feet off yet another deflection. Penedo got his hands on the ball but it was not enough to keep the ball out of the net. At this point CenturyLink was rocking as the Sounders only needed to keep the Galaxy off the scoreboard in order to advance. 

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  • The shutout would not last long into the second half as the Galaxy got on the board to even the score at 2-2 but take the lead by virtue of the new away goals rule that MLS implemented this year. Off of a corner the Sounder defense was not able to clear the ball and Juninho took a shot from 19 yards out that found the inside of the near post that just barely beat Stefan Frei. It was Juniho’s first goal of the year and his fourth against the Sounders.

    Near the end of the match the Sounders made a few questionable substitutions but were unable to score the all-important winning goal. For the second time in two years, the Galaxy celebrated a Western Conference Championship on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

    Hold your head high Sounders. You had a hell of a season and I for one am proud regardless of not making MLS Cup Final.

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