The soccer news starts with a shock result at Banc of California Stadium. The Seattle Sounders knocked LAFC out of the playoffs, winning the Western Conference final 3-1. Eduard Atuesta put LAFC up from a freekick in the 17th minute. Raul Ruidiaz equalized for Seattle in the 22nd minute. Seattle took the lead through Nicolas Lodeiro in the 26th with Ruidiaz scoring again in the 64th minute.
"The tactics were right, their effort was right, their mentality was right, and they deserved to win the game," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer told ESPN.
Seattle advances to the 2019 MLS Cup as the 2nd-place team in the West, finishing the regular season with 56 points. With 58 points, Atlanta United would host the 2019 MLS Cup should they advance over Toronto on Wednesday night (8pm ET - FS1). If Toronto with 50 regular season points beats Atlanta, Seattle would host MLS Cup.
MLSsoccer's Bobby Warshaw looks at Seattle's tactics and why they shut down the LAFC offense. The Seattle Times' Matt Calkins stresses the self belief of the Sounders. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter on LAFC's playoff exit. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle with the best team in MLS this season not advancing.
In the second round of the DFB Pokal, Weston McKennie subbed out in the 72nd minute in Schalke's 3-2 win at Arminia Bielefeld. Alessandro Schopf opened the scoring for Schalke in the 15th minute with Benito Raman adding goals in the 25th and 31st. Arminia Bielefeld scored in the 72nd and 77th minute. Bobby Wood was on the bench for Hamburg's 2-1 home loss to VfB Stuttgart. Falling behind to a 2nd minute penalty, Hamburg's Aaron Hunt equalized from the penalty spot in the 16th. With the game in extra time, Stuttgart scored in the 113th minute.
Lynden Gooch missed Sunderland's League Cup exit at Oxford United in the Fourth Round. Trailing from the 25th minute, Marc McNulty equalized for Sunderland in the 78th. Oxford United advanced 4-2 on penalties. In the group stage of the EFL Trophy, Luca de la Torre's Fulham U-21s lost on penalties at Stevenage. Trailing from the 35th minute, Timmy Abraham equalized for Fulham a minute into stoppage time. Stevange advanced 4-2 on penalties.
Jose Torres wasn't in the squad for Puebla's 1-0 loss at Veracruz in Liga MX. The game's only goal came in the 49th minute. A league down, Rubio Rubin subbed out in the 63rd minute for Dorados's 0-0 home draw with Atlante.
SBI Soccer's Larry Henry Jr talks to USMNT and Hull City player Eric Lichaj. The Athletic's Pablo Maurer speaks with Luciano Acosta about leaving DC United. The Houston Chronicle's Glynn A Hill with new Dynamo coach Tab Ramos. The St Louis Post-Dispatch's Jacob Barker and Ben Frederickson update the stadium situation for the city's MLS expansion team.
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