TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — The lesson was supposed to have been learned a year ago, when one lapse during the MLS Cup playoffs and one extra goal did make all the difference for the Seattle Sounders.
Clearly, it wasn't.
For the second straight year, the Sounders go into a second-leg postseason home game facing a 3-0 deficit and knowing how unlikely it will be to advance. The Sounders face Los Angeles in the second leg of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, with the winner possibly in line to host the MLS Cup final on Dec. 1.
Last year, Seattle lost 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in a sloppy performance in the first leg of the conference semifinals. Seattle made a furious rally in the second leg but ultimately fell short.