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Seattle Sounders defeat Colorado Rapids, 2-0: Post-game reactions (VIDEO)

Sounders team photo prior to the Colorado match Photo: Jane Gershovic

SEATTLE–The Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in a playoff knockout game to advance to the next round.  They will face off on Saturday night against the Portland Timbers.

Midfielder Brad Evans scored an unassisted goal in the 28th minute of play.  Forward Eddie Johnson struck in the 93rd minute to double the lead.  Clint Dempsey received credit for his first assist as a Sounder on Johnson’s goal.

Sounders celebrate Eddie Johnson's goal Photo: Jane Gershovich

Sounders celebrate Eddie Johnson’s goal
Photo: Jane Gershovich

Seattle keeper Michael Gspurning received a red card in the 83rd minute for touching the ball outside the penalty area.  The Austrian will miss the next game. Backup Marcus Hahnemann will make his first playoff appearance in the Portland matchup on Saturday.

The Sounders may be without their young defender DeAndre Yedlin.  Yedlin suffered an ankle injury late in the first half, and was substituted out at the start of the second half of play.

Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid, Gspurning and Eddie Johnson shared their thoughts on the match.  To view and listen to their comments, here is the video: 

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John Zielonka

John Zielonka has covered the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington men's basketball and football. He's written for Yahoo! Sports, 710 ESPN Seattle, Goal.com and is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.