The Seattle Sounders advanced to the 2017 MLS Cup with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, taking the Western Conference final 5-0 on aggregate. Leading 2-0 from the first-leg, Victor Rodriguez opened the scoring at CenturyLink Field in the 22nd minute. Clint Dempsey added a goal in the 57th. Houston's Tomas Martinez saw red for violent conduct in the 66th minute. Will Bruin finished off the Seattle goals in the 73rd. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei made three saves for the clean sheet.
“No one expected us to get this far but us,” Houston defender DaMarcus Beasley said. “It still leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We were really confident coming into this series, especially how we’ve been at home. The series was over at home. We gave up two goals, we didn’t do the little things right. It made for a difficult night.”
Seattle advances to play Toronto in the 2017 MLS Cup final. That game is scheduled for next Saturday, December 4, at 4pm ET on ESPN. This is the second consecutive season that BMO Field will host a Toronto vs Seattle MLS Cup. Seattle won last season's MLS Cup on penalties.
"Defend our Cup, whatever the phrases are," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. "I think the mood in that locker room – it’s a confident team and it’s a team that’s not finished with defending our Cup. That’s basically it. They’re a proud group of guys, they work hard, they work smart."