Jordan Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0
Jordan Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday in the second leg of the Western Conference final.
Nelson Haedo Valdez set up the goal to help Seattle win 3-1 on aggregate. The Sounders will play Toronto or Montreal on 10 December for the title. Toronto host Montreal in the second leg of the Eastern final Wednesday night. The Impact won the first leg 3-2 in Montreal.
The Sounders won the first leg of the series in Seattle 2-1 on Tuesday night and needed only a draw to advance. They got more than that with a big goal from Morris.
It was the Rapids first home loss of the season.
Colorado dominated possession for most of the game but Seattle jumped on a great chance. Valdez picked up a loose clearance and passed to Morris, who got behind his marker. Morris knocked the ball over goalkeeper Zac MacMath and into the net as the two players collided.
The Rapids had needed a goal to get even on aggregate and came out inspired from the start. Jermaine Jones had the first real chance with a header in the fifth minute that went wide. He later knocked a ball from Shkelzen Gashi over the bar.
However, the best chance for the Rapids came in the 23rd minute. Forward Kevin Doyle got free and had just goalkeeper Stefan Frei in his path. Instead of trying to beat Frei himself, he tried to find Sebastien Le Toux, but the Frenchman could not make contact and the Sounders survived.