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Defending champs Seattle Sounders advance with 3-1 win over LAFC

Nicolas Lodeiro scored early in the first half, Raul Ruidiaz added a second midway through the second, and the defending champion Sounders beat depleted LAFC, 3-1.
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Seattle Sounders players celebrate forward Raul Ruidiaz's goal against Los Angeles FC during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Nicolas Lodeiro scored early in the first half, Raul Ruidiaz added a second midway through the second, and the defending champion Seattle Sounders beat depleted Los Angeles FC 3-1 in the opening round of the MLS Cup playoffs.

Lodeiro scored in the 18th minute to give the home side the early advantage and Ruidiaz finally finished one of Seattle's numerous chances with his eighth career playoff goal in the 66th minute. 

Eduard Atuesta scored in the 77th minute to pull LAFC to 2-1, but Seattle regained its two-goal advantage moments later when Ruidiaz found Jordan Morris on a quick counter.

The Sounders will face FC Dallas next Tuesday at 6:30pm.  The second round match-up will be in Seattle at Lumen Field.