The Sounders’ first knockout-round game in the MLS is Back tournament in Florida will be Monday.
Seattle (1-1-1) received help from the Vancouver Whitecaps to finish second in Group B of Major League Soccer’s event. The Sounders’ Cascadia rival defeated the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Thursday. Vancouver’s goals and goal-differential tiebreakers helped the Whitecaps advance as a wild-card team and eliminate the Fire.
The Sounders’ opponent in the Round of 16, which will air Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, will be Los Angeles FC, the second-place finisher of Group F, which tied group champion Portland 2-2 on Thursday night.
The Sounders finished group play with four points after a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes, a loss to Chicago and a 3-0 win against Vancouver on Sunday.
Sounders forward Jordan Morris was the catalyst in Seattle’s win against the Whitecaps. He drew the foul that led to midfielder Nico Lodeiro’s score on a penalty kick. Morris scored and was credited with an assist on striker Raul Ruidiaz’s second-half goal to cap the night.
Morris, the league’s 2019 Comeback Player of the Year, made his 100th career appearance.
Seattle entered the match needing the result or they would’ve been eliminated.
“We found the right balance,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said during a videoconference call with media Sunday. “Late in the game maybe we could have kept possession a little bit more, but at that time the game was kind of cooked. Overall I thought it was a very, very, very good performance by Jordan. He highlighted his skills tremendously.”
MLS teams are sequestered at Walt Disney World’s complex in order to compete amid the coronavirus pandemic. Matches are played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.