MLS preview: Rapids look to overcome deficit against Sounders

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Half of this year’s MLS Cup final will be determined on Sunday afternoon as the Western Conference final takes shape in the second leg.

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After taking a 2-1 lead in Seattle, the Sounders will head to Colorado to face the Rapids on Sunday with both sides hoping to advance to the MLS Cup on December 10.

The Rapids gained an lead in the opening leg through Kevin Doyle, with the goal potentially proving to be vital for Pablo Mastroeni’s side in the event that the match needs to be decided by away goals.

Dating back to August, the Sounders and Rapids have been among the league’s hottest sides, but have advanced to this point with very different playing mentalities.

Mastroeni has built a defensive stalwart, which has proven to be a nightmare for opposing attacks to break down. The Rapids allowed a league-low 32 goals during the regular season, but have allowed three goals in three games during the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Sounders have a top-class attack, led by rookie sensation Jordan Morris and Designated Player Nicolas Lodeiro, who joined the club midseason. Brian Schmetzer has completely turned the tide for the Sounders since taking over for the departed Sigi Schmid, and has done so without veteran attacker Clint Dempsey.

The Rapids have the opportunity to reach its third MLS Cup in 2016, with the club having hoisted the league trophy back in 2010.

However, the Sounders look to continue its dream season as they search for their first appearance in the final. The Sounders are one of seven MLS clubs that have never reached the MLS Cup title match, while both Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact will look to break that trend as they battle to represent the Eastern Conference.