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Coming from two goals down in the final 15 minutes, the Sounders reach their fourth MLS Cup final in five seasons by beating Minnesota United, 3-2, in the Western Conference final at Lumen Field. Gustav Svensson flicks a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick from near post to far corner in the third minute of stoppage time, capping the rally. After the visitors forged a 2-nil lead, Will Bruin is substituted and almost immediately ignites the rally in the 75th minute. Raul Ruidiaz equalizes in the 89th. Svensson, also a substitute, was playing for the first time since testing positive for COVID after returning from international duty for Sweden.
Megan Rapinoe, 34, is named the second recipient of France Football magazine’s top women's accolade at a glitzy ceremony in Paris. Rapinoe, the Reign FC and USWNT midfielder, out-polls England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze for the award, while U.S. teammate Alex Morgan finishes third. Rapinoe also scooped the FIFA Best Women’s Player prize in September, on the back of captaining the US to World Cup glory in France in the summer, where she won the Golden Boot for top scorer and the Golden Ball for best player.
Stanford holds off Justi Baumgardt and 7th-ranked Portland, 1-0, in the NCAA Division I women's West Region final. Baumgardt had helped lead the Pilots into the playoffs, earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference while assisting in 12 goals. Bellevue's Michelle Voiland and Everett's Tracy Osborn also represented UP on the all-WCC team.
Diehard fans flock across the border to see Pelé and Santos visit Vancouver's Empire Stadium. Pelé doesn't score but his Brazil teammate Edu does twice to crush the B.C. Premier League All-Stars, 5-0, before 16,300.
Freshman Mary Ann Santucci scores to finally deliver the first state 3A championship to Seattle Prep, 1-0 over Bonney Lake at Lakewood. The Panthers had finished runners-up four times before, including three straight between 2006-08. Bonney Lake had never advanced beyond the first round. Santucci finds the net in the 30th minute, getting her foot on the ball from a scrum of several players in Bonney Lake’s 6-yard box. Afterward, Seattle Prep coach Andy Hendricks loses his trademark black mustache. He first promised in 1991 to shave if off if Prep ever won state.
Logan Griffis, 19 and a 2013 King’s HS graduate, is one of seven Washington referees chosen to officiate the USYSA National Championships in Frisco, Tex. Later, Griffis referees the 4A girls state championship game and a 3A semifinal, and the Kirkland resident officiates five matches at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. In almost six years, Griffis has officiated approximately 1,500 soccer games.