Upset of the year, Sounders down LAFC convincingly 3-1

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LAFC has just 2 years under its belt but is considered the hottest and youngest and hippest team in the MLS similar (if not greater) than the Seattle Sounders had when they entered the league. LAFC were the “cock of the walk” as the old adage go; however, they ran into a veteran and underappreciated Sounders squad that endured more hardship than any of the previous 11 Rave Green squads. This 2019 Sounders team would respond to an early LAFC goal with 3 unanswered scores to take the game 3-1 in Los Angeles.

Much like the New England Patriot’s 2007 undefeated regular season and the Seattle Mariners record breaking 116 win season in 2001, LAFC will find that their record 72 points and +48 goal differential was a nice season to look fondly back on, but some might say it “won’t mean a thing without if they don’t get the ring.”

Granted unlike other sports, the MLS regular season does matter and the Supporter’s Shield is almost a de-facto championship unto itself—as are the US Open and CONCACAF trophies. But for those of you who watch boxing or pro wrestling, the US Open, Supporter’s Shield, and CONCACAF are “Mid-card” title where as the MLS Championship is the “Heavyweight title.” It is the championship for the best of the best where both teams make certain to play their full squads and only a select few are invited.

The hosting LAFC came into the game as the resounding favorite where superstars adorn the lineup, not the least of which in one Carlos Vela. The former star from England Premier league’s Arsenal, would set the MLS record with 34 goals. Combined with 15 assists he would have a record 49 points earning him the MLS Golden Boot award.

In the 17th minute, the LAFC’s Eduard Atuesta would draw first blood. The team that set the MLS record with a record 72 points during a 21-4-9 regular season appeared to be on a roll and certain for enshrinement in MLS lore.

But in the 22nd minute, Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz took a feed off the back shoulder of  LAFC center back Eddie Seguar and struck a near post goal for the equalizer. Urugay’s own Nico Lodiero would prove yet again he is the most underrated dominant player in the MLS when he would get a 26th minute goal to take the lead. From there, LAFC chased the Rave Green for the remainder of the game. In the 64th minute Ruidiaz would get his 2nd goal of the night to put the dagger in the heart of the greatest single regular season team in MLS history.

The Sounders were missing Roman Torres but put on a stellar defensive performance using a physicality that was legal, yet abused the attack of LAFC. LAFC got 14 shots off; however over half of those were far off target. Meanwhile, the Rave Green gathered 6 on target shots with 3 finding net.

Seattle awaits Wednesday’s result of the Eastern Conference finals. Atlanta faces Toronto and there is a possibility of a home game in the MLS cup if Toronto wins. Toronto is a team the Sounders are quite familiar with as they are 1-1 in MLS cup finals against this team. Pretty much every Sounders fan is hoping to see a tiebreaker game here in Seattle with the red from the north. Regardless, the Sounders are in their 3rd MLS cup in 11 seasons and it is a great time to be a fan of the Rave Green.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.