With their 3-1 aggregate win against the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders are through to their first MLS Cup final.
Here are three important stats you should know from the game.
Rapids can't put one on frame
The Rapids came into this game knowing that they needed at least one goal to advance. While they were able to fire off 16 shots, none of them ended up on frame, as Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei went unchallenged. The 16 shots made for the most shots in a night in the history of MLS without getting one on target, including both the regular season and MLS Cup Playoffs. The Rapids also became the second team to fail to get a shot on target in a Conference Championship game.
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Colorado's 16 shots without putting one on target are the most by any team ever in an @MLS game (regular season or playoffs).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) November 27, 2016
Sounders play defensive
Seattle knew that if they did not concede a goal, they would advance. They accomplished this in part by playing a way they typically do not. As such, 25 percent of their passes were long balls -- passes that travel farther than 33 yards -- a percentage that is much higher than their usual rate of 15 percent. The Rapids lived in the Sounders' in the final third, as evidenced by their 178 passes in the area compared to the Sounders' 77.
With the Sounders mostly playing on the back of the foot, it was important that their backline was ready to clear away any Rapids advances. Center back Chad Marshall proved key in that effort as he accrued 10 clearances, four interceptions, and four aerial wins. He is only the sixth player this season to hit those numbers in a single game.