[HTML1]The game -- and the Sounders' fourth season -- has come to an end.
The Sounders were entertaining and brave tonight, for a time cutting LA's series advantage from three goals down to one. But in the end it was a 2-1 win tonight, washed away in a 4-2 loss in the series.
Seattle got goals tonight from Eddie Johnson and Zach Scott, but their chances pretty much ended in the 68th minute when a handball in the box was called on Adam Johansson and Robbie Keane nailed the PK.
The Sounders’ fourth season was their first without a trophy. It was their first not qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League. It also was their first when they did not improve on their MLS point total of the season before.
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The primary success was winning their first playoff series, advancing with a road win at RSL. However, that sent them on to the series against the Galaxy, and tonight's cap to the season.
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81st minute: Final Sounders change: Rosales in for Zakuani. Crowd chants "Steve Zakuani."
75th minute: Yellow to Alonso.
73rd minute: Two Sounders' changes: Estrada in, Montero out. In Martinez, out Johansson.
68th minute: Adam Johansson called for handball in box. It was certainly ball-to-hand, but Johansson's arm was away from body. Different refs could call different ways. Robbie Keane nails PK. Sounders 2-1 tonight, LA 4-2 on aggregate.
57th minute: GOAL Sounders. Zack Scott heads in a Tiffert corner. It's 2-0 on the night; still 3-2 LA in the series.
Attendance: 44,575. Largest MLS postseason crowd other than MLS Cups.
Second half: ... is under way. No changes for either side.
Halftime: Sounders 1-0 on the game. LA 3-1 on aggregate with 45 minutes to go.
Shots 7-3 SEA; on target, 2-0 SEA; corners 4-1 SEA; duels 50-50; possession 57% SEA.
13th minute: GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson, assisted by Zach Scott. So it's 1-0 Sounders tonight, 3-1 Galaxy on aggregate.
First kick: ... has been struck. Sounders in rave/blue; Galaxy in white/white.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Gspurning; D Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Scott; M Tiffert, Alonso, Evans, Zakuani; F Montero, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Rosales, Estrada, Gonzalez, Martinez, Ochoa, Rose. (Rosales wasn't on the original 18-man roster we received, but he's on the pitch warming up, replacing Alex Caskey.)
Starting for LA: Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant; Wilhelmsson, Sarvas, Beckham, Magee; Keane, Buddle. Reserves: Perk, Boyens, Gaul, Juninho, Stephens, Villarreal and Noonan.
Pregame: It is drizzling lightly about two hours before first kick tonight at CenturyLink Field.
At 6 p.m., the Sounders will play for their lives, needing to pick up three goals against the Los Angeles Galaxy for the right to host MLS Cup on Dec. 1 against Houston.
The game will be shown on ESPN, heard on the usual radio outlets, blogged here, and tweeted @donruiztnt.I'll be back with news as it happens, perhaps beginning with tonight's starting lineups and reserves.