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Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs – Conference Final
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United
Lumen Field – Seattle
December 7 – 9:30 PM ET
TV: FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
STREAMING: FOX Sports App in US
Seattle Sounders FC are 90 minutes away from their fourth trip to MLS Cup in five years, while Minnesota United are 90 minutes away from a first-ever trip to the title match when the sides square off in the Western Conference Final at Lumen Field Monday night.
The Sounders' march to the Conference Final has been professional and not unexpected. They dispatched LAFC 3-1 in Round One before grinding out a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas in the Conference Semifinals to extend an MLS-best home playoff winning streak to 14 games.
Not to be outdone, Minnesota United are making their first Western Conference Final appearance after matching 3-0 victories over the Colorado Rapids and top-seeded Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. Emanuel Reynoso assisted on all six goals, earning a spot in the MLS history books as the first to do that in the regular season or playoffs since Jaime Moreno in September 2004, per Opta.
The Sounders and Loons haven't met in the postseason before or during the regular season in 2020. The Rave Green, though, have won all three all-time meetings at Lumen Field, including a 1-0 victory on Decision Day presented by AT&T to end the 2019 regular season.
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Seattle Sounders FC
After a thoroughly impressive win over LAFC in Round One, the Sounders survived and advanced after edging FC Dallas 1-0 in a slugfest. Shane O'Neill scored the lone goal off a corner kick off a Nico Lodeiro corner kick, with the aid of a pick by Yeimar Gomez Andrade. It was a different type of victory, but a playoff win nonetheless by a squad that has made a habit of postseason success in the last half decade.
“That might not have been the prettiest soccer game. That might not have been our best performance as a team,” said Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer at Lumen Field afterward. “But that team gutted it out. And I think I've stood in front of all you guys and said that that group of players finds different ways to win. And that's what makes them champions, that's what gives them a realistic shot at winning trophies. Because you can’t always win the right way, the prettiest way, the best way. I mean, you have to gut out some victories."
"Awful at best" was the way Adrian Heath described his team in their previous five matches at Children's Mercy Park. He was singing a different tune after a stunning and comprehensive victory in the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night. Kevin Molino struck twice and Bakaye Dibassy headed in a corner kick, all from Reynoso services, in a magical 12-minute span to give Minnesota a 3-0 halftime lead.
Previously they had scored just once at Children's Mercy Park in five defeats.
The Loons have now won three consecutive games by the same 3-0 scoreline and they'll go to Lumen Field full of confidence they can be the team advancing to the MLS Cup.
“We spoke about, a few weeks ago, can we go undefeated ‘til the end of the season? And then we said we've got five games, if we win five games we’ll be MLS champs. Now we've got two,” Heath said after the match. “And the last three games, 3-0. Big games, important games, a lot at stake. I think that's a testimony to the players. I thought we actually were really resolute late on in our defending, we played when we could, we cleared it when we should. And there's a lot of pleasing things.
“But as I've said all along to a lot of people, my belief in this group, and the belief within the group, is really, really high. And if people on the outside don't think that, that's OK. Because the only people that matter are the players and the staff, and probably our supporters now. So I'm really happy for everybody.”
Series Matchup at Seattle Sounders
- Sounders: 3 wins, 6 goals
- Minnesota United: 0 wins, 2 goals
- 0 draws
MLS Cup Playoffs
- This is the first all-time meeting between Seattle Sounders FC and Minnesota United in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs