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Sounders clinch playoff spot with 2-0 win over Vancouver

Raul Ruidiaz returned to the lineup after testing positive for coronavirus and posted a goal and an assist, and the Seattle Sounders clinched a spot in the playoffs.
Credit: AP
Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz, right, celebrates after scoring as Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Evan Bush sprawls on the pitch during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Raul Ruidiaz returned to the lineup after testing positive for coronavirus and posted a goal and an assist, and the Seattle Sounders clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

The defending MLS Cup champion Sounders secured their 12th straight trip to the postseason. 

Only the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins have a longer streak of 14 straight appearances in the playoffs.

The win also pushed Seattle to the top of the Western Conference standings. Vancouver is fighting for a playoff spot in the West with just two games to go.