MLS playoff: Sounders score twice late, stun Minnesota United in West final

Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino and Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson vie for the ball.
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, left, and Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson vie for the ball during the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final on Monday in Seattle.
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Gustav Svensson scored off a corner kick in the final moments of second-half stoppage time, and the Seattle Sounders beat Minnesota United 3-2 on Monday night to advance to the MLS Cup final.

Seattle scored three times in the final 15 minutes of regulation and stoppage time to stun Minnesota and claim the Western Conference championship for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Seattle will travel to Columbus to face the Crew in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.

Will Bruin scored in the 75th minute to pull Seattle within 2-1 and set the stage for the wild final moments when the Sounders scored twice off corner kicks. Raul Ruidiaz had a fortunate bounce fall at his feet before he beat goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair to pull the Sounders even at 2-2 just before the end of the 90 minutes.


Seattle continued to press for a winner and nearly got it from Ruidiaz only to see his shot hit the outside of the post. But Svensson came through by rising above on the final corner kick and giving the Sounders the victory.