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Ruidiaz winner helps Sounders book place in Leagues Cup final


The Seattle Sounders were the only Major League Soccer team to survive the quarterfinal round of the newly-formed Leagues Cup tournament, and on Tuesday moved a step closer to being the first team to lift the trophy after their latest thrilling late victory.

Raul Ruidiaz scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to break a goal-less deadlock and give the Sounders a 1-0 victory over Santos Laguna on Tuesday night.

The Sounders will now face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Club Leon and UNAM Pumas, two teams that eliminated MLS competition to reach the semis.

Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer trotted out a first-choice lineup for the second straight Leagues Cup match, and the Sounders stood toe-to-toe with Santos Laguna throughout regulation, but ultimately needed Ruidiaz to work his magic with the late finish.

The Leagues Cup final is scheduled for Sept. 22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

What did you think of Seattle’s performance? Think the Sounders can win the Leagues Cup?

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  1. I think the Sounders were lucky. While I think the two teams are pretty equal, Santos Laguna played better overall, IMO. They played better because they played harder and with more urgency. Many times they would turn over the Sounders because they out hustled them and got to balls faster. At times the Sounders were casual with passes, allowing Santos Laguna to intercept passes. It was frustrating to watch because it looked like Seattle was being outplayed at home when it didn’t have to happen if they played harder.


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