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Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup Playoffs

22 November 2017

What: The Seattle Sounders travel to face the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the two-leg, aggregate-score Western Conference Championship series in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

A deserved win for Seattle could have been even more emphatic had it not been for a missed penalty from playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro on the half hour mark.

Seattle, who will host the return leg on November 30, are potentially 90 minutes away from advancing to back-to-back MLS deciders. Seattle could have doubled its lead before the half-hour whenJalil Anibaba pushed Joevin Jones to the ground in the penalty area only for Lodeiro to see Willis save the ensuing spot kick.

Seattle substitute Victor Rodriguez might have killed off the tie but his injury-time shot rattled the crossbar. The Dynamo's wretched first half continued when former Houston player Will Bruin met a Jones cross and headed in his team's second goal past a helpless Willis just before half-time. This is the Dynamo's seventh all-time trip to a conference final.

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Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup Playoffs

Meanwhile in the east, Columbus Crew and Toronto FC played out a goalless draw.

Toronto arrived in OH with strikers Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco both suspended.

Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono also made a fine save to deny the Crew's Harrison Afful with five minutes to play.

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Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup Playoffs