The Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer will contest another MLS Cup final, their third in the last four years, after securing the number one slot from the Western Conference of this season’s football campaign in the USA.
Sounders came out top in the West after defeating much fancied LAFC 3-1 in the two teams’ Western Conference playoff final played in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
LAFC, which is home to former Arsenal forward and Mexican international Carlos Vela, finished top in the regular season rankings of the Western Conference with 72 points, a whooping 16 points ahead of Sounders who finished second. But were completely outclassed at the Banc of California Stadium where Raul Ruidiaz (brace) and Nicolas Rodeiro struck to cancel out Edurado’s Atuesta’s opener.
Coached by 57 year old Brian Schmetzer, Sounders have in their ranks Kenyan winger Handwalla Bwana. The 22 year old, who was born in Kenya and has lived in the USA since the age of 13, has featured 15 times for the side this season scoring once but was not included in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s clash.
He has also featured for the team’s reserve team Tacoma Defiance who play in the second tier where he has managed one strike in six games.
Sounders who won the MLS Cup in 2016 in their maiden appearance in the finals will face off in this year’s final showpiece set for November 10 with the winner of the Eastern Conference final that will be played on Thursday between defending champions Atlanta United and Toronto FC.