It's official: the Seattle Sounders have clinched playoff qualification.
With a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC, the Sounders have made the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, which ties the league record. They've made the postseason in each one of their seasons in MLS.
Against Orlando, it wasn't long before Seattle took the lead.
After just three minutes, Victor Rodriguez put the Sounders in front. Kelvin Leerdam was given ample time to play a perfect lobbed through ball to an unmarked Rodriguez, who delicately chipped a first-time volley over the onrushing Adam Grinwis. The goal puts this season's Orlando City in the record books for unwanted reasons: it was their 71st goal conceded, most in MLS single-season history.
Ten minutes later, 18-year-old Handwalla Bwana cut in from the right wing and saw his deflected strike trickle into the net. It was his second career goal.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: Rodriguez's goal was a moment of sheer class.