Seattle Sounders claim Western Conference Title; will face Toronto FC in MLS Cup rematch

Seattle Sounders took care of the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Finals to advance to their second consecutive MLS Cup Final against Toronto FC.

Seattle Sounders claim Western Conference Title; will face Toronto FC in MLS Cup rematch
The Seattle Sounders celebrate their Western Conference Championship. | Photo: Francine Scott - VAVEL
Seattle Sounders FC
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Houston Dynamo
Seattle Sounders FC: Frei; Leerdam, Svensson, Marshall, Tolo (Shipp, min. 68); Roldan, Lodeiro; Rodriguez, Dempsey (Delem, min. 59), Joevin Jones (Morris, min. 76); Bruin
Houston Dynamo: Willis; Beasley, Leonardo, Machado, Remick; Cabezas, Alexander (Boniek Garcia, min. 45); Sanchez (Torres, min. 62), Martinez, Alex clark, min. 78); Manotas
SCORE: 1-0, min. 22, Rodriguez. 2-0, min. 57, Dempsey. 3-0, min. 73, Bruin.
REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda (USA). Admonished Alexander (min. 29), Nouhou (min. 36), Boniek Garcia (min. 60), Martinez (min. 66), Jones (min. 66),
INCIDENTS: MLS Cup Western Conference Championship between Seattle Sounders FC and the Houston Dynamo. The match was played at CenturyLink Field. 45,298 spectators.

SEATTLE, Wa. -- The Seattle Sounders returned home in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 Audi MLS Cup playoffs against the Houston Dynamo carrying a 2-0 aggregate lead. A positive result would see them through to the MLS Cup Final against Toronto FC for the second consecutive time. 

Not much activity within the first 10 minutes. However, Seattle did have a good chance to capitalize in the 12th minute when Christian Roldan tried to look at Clint Dempsey in the penalty box but the Dynamo was there to clear the danger. 

Victor Rodriguez scores first

It didn't take long for the Sounders to pick up right where they left off.

A good set up from the Sounders forwards was able to set up Victor Rodriguez for the opening goal of the game, giving Seattle a 3-0 aggregate lead. 

Victor Rodriguez celebrates his opening goal against the Houston Dynamo. | Photo: Francine Scott - VAVEL 

Houston would finally have their first good shot on goal after 40 minutes of the first half, but Stefan Frei was up for the task and made the save. 

Frei made another quick save as Tomas Martinez was able to let a shot go from the point on target. 

Deuce seals it

10 minutes after the whistle for the second half started, Seattle pretty much sealed their spot in MLS Cup with a goal from Dempsey on a service from Joevin Jones. 4-0 on aggregate for Seattle. 

Tempers flared in the 66th minute when Jones went in low on Martinez. Martinez would retaliate shoving Jones' head into the ground and things went off. Shoves and pushes from both sides. 

After the chaos settled down, referee Hilario Grajeda called upon Video Review to sort out the madness. After review, Grajeda issued Martinez a straight red card, and Jones a yellow card. Houston would finish the match down to 10-men. 

Will Bruin can't stop scoring

In the 73rd minute, Will Bruin put the icing on a cake with a chip shot goal making it 3-0 on the game, 5-0 on aggregate for the Sounders. 

Will Bruin chips a shot over Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis. | Photo: Francine Scott - VAVEL
Will Bruin chips a shot over Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis. | Photo: Francine Scott - VAVEL

And that was all she wrote. The Sounders will look to reclaim glory two years running as they will travel north of the border to take on Toronto for a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup Final.

What changes? 

Nothing for this rematch changes. Both the venue and teams are the same. However, Toronto will look to claim the leagues first treble in history. Seattle, on the other hand, are the defending champs and are labeled as the underdog against the team that broke multiple league records. With the return of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and still having Michael Bradley intact, the Reds are the ultimate favorites. 

Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer will have a decision to make, whether or not to take captain Osvaldo Alonso on the trip if he is healthy by the time MLS Cup rolls around. 

You can catch MLS Cup on Dec. 9, at 4 PM EST at. The match will be shown on ESPN, UniMas, TSN, TVAS, and MLS Live.