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Jones’ Sounders in MLS Cup final

Trinidad Express / colorado   National player Joevin Jones and his club, the Seattle Sounders, have advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday in the second leg of the Western Conference final.  Needing a draw away to the Rapids after winning the home leg 2-1, the Sounders owed their victory to their sensational rookie Jordan Morris, who scored in the 56th minute to seal their place in the playoffs, Nelson Haedo Valdez set up the goal to help Seattle take the series 3-1 on aggregate. The Sounders will play Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact on December 10 for the league title. Toronto hosts Montreal in the second leg of the Eastern final tonight. The Impact won the first leg 3-2 in Montreal. Seattle will host the final if Montreal prevails, but will travel to Toronto if needed. A win there will cap an improbable turnaround for Seattle, which started the year 6-12-2 under coach Sigi Schmid but went 8-2-1 after Brian Schmetzer was named interim head coach to get in the playoffs. “It’s funny looking back. Everybody thought we were dead in the water and now we move on,” Morris said. “This team always believed we were good enough to make it and we proved a lot of people wrong. We’ve got one more game to go.” Morris, who was named the MLS Rookie of the Year on November 10 after scoring 12 goals, said his stomach was hurting Friday and Saturday but started to feel better Sunday morning when he woke up. He was good enough to deliver a clutch goal. It was the Rapids’ first home loss of the season. Colorado carried the play for most of the game but Seattle jumped on a great chance Valdez had the ball above the box and passed to Morris as he got behind a defender. Morris knocked the ball over goalkeeper Zac MacMath as he slid to try to disrupt the shot. “Nelson got the ball 25 yards out, put the ball through and I kind of took a touch,” Morris said. “It went out wide a little bit and I saw the keeper come off his line, so I tried to chip it over him and fortunately it went in.”

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