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Game Recap: Seattle Sounders 3, Colorado Rapids 0

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Seattle moved into the second place in the West going into the playoffs with a win today.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids got shut out of their last game of the regular season on the road against the Seattle Sounders, who put up three goals (one by Will Bruin and two by Nicolas Lodeiro).

It started in the 9th minute when Mike da Fonte let Kelvin Leerdam cross the ball in to an oncoming Bruin who easily put the ball in the back of the net. Bruin had another good chance a few minutes later, when he got inside position on Kortne Ford and shot it past Tim Howard, but luckily it went off the post.

In the 24th minute, Clint Dempsey threw an elbow at Mike da Fonte. It was reviewed by VAR and Dempsey was issued a straight red, taking Seattle down to 10 men. Dempsey and da Fonte when nose-to-nose (because why not?), which was probably the highlight of da Fonte’s career thus far.

The Rapids best opportunities came in the 39th minute when Aigner chested a ball from Eric Miller and kicked it right at Stefan Frei, then when Mohammed Saied had a solid corner a couple minutes later, but it also went right to Frei.

Early in the second half (still playing up a man, mind you), the Rapids had a great chance when Harry Shipp was called for handball in the box. Dominique Badji lined up to take the shot (for his 10th goal of the season) and... hit the post.

Axel Sjoberg was issued a yellow card for taking down Bruin in the box, and then referee Chris Penso called in VAR, who determined that Axel was the last defender. Axel was then given a red, taking the Rapids down to 10 men, and Lodeiro easily scored his penalty kick to give the Sounders a two-goal lead.

The Sounders turned up the pressure from there, and the Rapids had some good ball movement off and on. There were several moments when the Colorado defense completely broke down, including in the 4th minute when Bobby Burling stopped running after Lodeiro. Lodeiro kept going and scored the third goal for the Seattle side.

With this win, Seattle moved into second place in the Western Conference, but Colorado managed to stay off the bottom of the conference since the LA Galaxy got destroyed by FC Dallas.