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10/23 19:02 CDT Roldan helps Sounders beat RSL 2-1, clinch playoff spot
Roldan helps Sounders beat RSL 2-1, clinch playoff spot
By MARK MOSCHETTI
SEATTLE (AP) --- Cristian Roldan broke a tie in the 31st minute and the Seattle
Sounders wrapped up an MLS playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake
on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
The Sounders (14-14-6, 48 points) made the playoffs for the eighth year in a
row. They have never missed the postseason since joining MLS in 2009. Seattle
will go in as the West's No. 4 seed, hosting Sporting Kansas City in a knockout
round game Wednesday or Thursday.
Real Salt Lake (12-12-10, 46 points) also got in, thanks to Portland's 4-1 loss
at Vancouver that eliminated the defending champion Timbers. RSL will be the
West's No. 6 seed and visit Los Angeles on Wednesday or Thursday.
Nicolas Lodeiro helped set up Roldan's goal when he floated a corner kick from
the left wing side into the box. Goalkeeper Nick Romando slapped away Roman
Torres' header, but the ball deflected off defender Luke Mulholland, who was
standing just to Rimando's right. It went straight to Roldan, who drilled it in
from two yards in front for his fourth of the year.
The teams traded goals in the first four minutes. Alvaro Fernandez gave Seattle
the lead in the third, and Mulholland pulled Salt Lake level in the fourth.