FULL-TIME: The Sounders ran their playoff home winning streak to a MLS record 13 games and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for a 12th straight season. The Sounders got goals from their dynamic trio of Nicolas Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris, who are now the top three scorers in the franchise’s playoff history. They’ll now play FC Dallas on Dec. 1 or 2.
SOUNDERS 3, LAFC 1: Jordan Morris joined the party, grabbing his sixth career playoff goal off an assist from Raul Ruidiaz.
They're Oba-Decue-esque! pic.twitter.com/LBl00yaHvt— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 25, 2020
SOUNDERS 2, LAFC 1: Eduard Atuesta gave LAFC life with a goal to cut the deficit in half.
SOUNDERS 2, LAFC 0: The Sounders had been knocking on the door for several minutes and finally gave themselves some breathing room on Raúl Ruidíaz’s eight career playoff goal.
You just knew that Ruidiaz wasn't going to let Lodeiro keep the playoff goal lead. That's No. 8 in 7 games. pic.twitter.com/JCAKTFW5Z6— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 25, 2020
PENALTY SAVE: Stefan Frei has historically not been very good on penalties but he bailed on Nouhou on this one to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Definitely a penalty... pic.twitter.com/jsDKyYl9ZG— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 25, 2020
Stefan winning the mind games. pic.twitter.com/JUtzTMY2E2— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 25, 2020
SOUNDERS 1, LAFC 0: Nicolas Lodeiro scored his eighth career playoff goal to give the Sounders the early lead. With the strike, Lodeiro moved ahead of Raúl Ruidíaz for the all-time Sounders lead. It was also Jordan Morris’ third career playoff assist.
That's @NicolasLodeiro's eighth career playoff goal, putting him one ahead of Raul Ruidiaz. pic.twitter.com/5wHXgSKBVm— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 25, 2020
The playoffs are not a strange experience for the Seattle Sounders over the years. But even the most common things in 2020 are strange, and the beginning of the 2020 MLS Playoffs has been bonkers. Who knows what’s in store tonight as the Sounders face off against LAFC, a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final?
The script could not be more different than it was last year, though. LAFC has struggled to stay healthy this season and will enter this match severely shorthanded (see injury report below). They were in a similar situation the last time these two teams faced off and LA reeled away with a 3-1 victory.
But, like I said, this is the playoffs and Seattle are built for this. The Sounders are (relatively-speaking) at full strength, and have plenty of options all over the pitch.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Xavier Arreaga (D) — quarantine
OUT: Andy Najar (D) — undisclosed injury; Danny Musovksi (F) — undisclosed injury; Diego Palacios (D) — undisclosed injury; Diego Rossi (F) — undisclosed injury; Brian Rodriguez (F) — undisclosed injury; Jose Cifuentes (M) — undisclosed injury
⚽// @SoundersFC vs @LAFC (10:30PM ET)#PRO | #MLSCupPlayoffs | #Sounders | #LAFC pic.twitter.com/YZoGzfXrlj— PRO (@PROreferees) November 24, 2020
How to Watch
Match date/time: November 24th, 2020 at 7:30 PM PT
Venue: Lumen Field
Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National English TV: ESPN (Jon Champion & Taylor Twellman)
National Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes (Richard Mendez & Hercules Gomez)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Zakuani, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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