Seattle Sounders are through to the Concacaf Champions League final after seeing off New York City FC (NYCFC) in the semifinals. Seattle Sounders advanced to the final ahead of fellow MLS Team New York City FC after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg. Sounders made the final thanks to a 4-2 victory on aggregate over the course of the MLS Derby tie.
Sounders were able to qualify for the Concacaf Champions League final for the first time in their history after a very good win in the first leg. They had a two-goal cushion from the first leg and were able to finish the job in the second leg courtesy the excellent showing from Stefan Frei. The performance from shot stopper Frei earned Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw at the home of New York City FC in the second leg. Peruvian attacker Raul Ruidiaz gave Seattle Sounders the lead in the first half before Santiago Rodriguez equalised for the hosts early in the second half. New York City FC would have won the game if not for the heroics of Frei in the Seattle Sounders goal.
On qualifying for the Champions League final in the Concacaf region, Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer told reporters after the second leg on Wednesday that the club wants to win the competition before adding that the mentality at the club is to win all the trophies and competitions as long as the MLS giants are involved.
Seattle Sounders boss Schmetzer has masterminded a lot of trophy wins during his managerial career at the club, but the Concacaf Champions League trophy would be his biggest achievement at the club if he could manage to achieve it.
Sounders will now face Mexican team Pumas in the final to determine who will win the Concacaf Champions League this year. The final would be decided over two legs.