Fates of Sounders, Huskies decided this weekend in Colorado

The Washington Huskies and Seattle Sounders are both in Colorado this weekend hoping to extend their post-seasons.

The Dawgs will face the University of Denver Pioneers on Saturday at 4 PM Seattle time.

21 hours later on Sunday the Sounders will be in Commerce City to face the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup Playoff Western Conference Finals second leg at 1 PM on ESPN.

Read some preview notes to both matches below!

Dawgs in Denver

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NCAA Round of Sixteen Match Preview
No. 11 Washington (14-6-0, 7-4-0) will travel to No. 6 seeded Denver (18-0-3, 5-0-1) this Friday for a Saturday, Nov. 26 matchup at CIBER Field. The match us set to kickoff at 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT. The game will be available via live stats and live stream through denverpioneers.com.

Huskies in the Tournament
This season’s selection will make the program’s 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the team participated was in 2014. The squad is 12-22 all-time in the in the NCAA Tournament. At home the squad has a favorable 8-6 record. Their most appearance was in 2014 where they hosted Furman in the second round, advancing on penalty kicks. Their journey to the championship was put to an end when they fell to Michigan State in the third round. The teams went to penalty kicks and Michigane State came out on top, 4-3. In 2013, the squad made it all the way to the quarterfinals where they lost to New Mexico 0-1. The team’s advancement to the third round is the program’s fourth time in history.

Second Round Review
A powerful offensive presence led the No. 14 Washington men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win over New Mexico Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos were first to put a goal on the board after a pass from Niko Hansen found the feet of Patrick Khouri who netted the ball in the 21st minute. The shot was one of five from New Mexico, but the only one allowed by goalkeeper Auden Schilder. Just seven minutes later, defender Justin Schmidt sent a corner kick soaring over the chaos inside the box to the inside of the far left post, tying the score at 1-1. Less than two minutes into the half, Scott Menzies gave the Huskies the lead for the first time in three matches off a pass fromHenry Wingo. Just ten minutes later, Menzies assisted freshman Elijah Rice with a long pass that found the back of the net to give the Dawgs a 3-1 lead. The two goal advantage was not enough for the Huskies, as they continued to charge the Lobos’ net. Senior captain Beau Blanchard earned his first goal of the season with a shot assisted by Justin Fiddesput the win out of reach for New Mexico in the 64th minute.

How it Works
The 48-team field consists of 16 seeded programs. The top 16 squads receive byes, therefore not playing in the first round. Washington sat out the first round match, awaiting the winner of the New Mexico/Portland first round match. This weekend. the winner of the Washington/Denver match will face the winner of the No. 3 Clemson/No. 14 Albany contest.

A Look at the Pioneers
Denver won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1970, advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over UNLV on Sunday evening at CIBER Field. Following this week’s final exams, the Pioneers will stay put, and welcome No. 11 Washington to the Mile High City for the third round match. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. MT. The winner of the third round match at CIBER Field will play the winner of No. 3 Clemson and No. 14 Albany in the quarterfinals. The higher seed remaining will host the quarterfinals on campus either December 2 or 3.

The Series With Denver
The Huskies have a 2-1-2 all-time record against the Pioneers. The last time the two met was in 2009 where they ended in a draw in double overtime during the regular season.

(From GoHuskies.com)

Sounders versus Rapids

Seattle_Sounders_FC.svgAs the Seattle Sounders prepare for the second leg of their Western Conference Championship series with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday in Commerce City, Colo. (1 p.m. PT; ESPN, 770 KTTH, El Rey 1360AM), here is a breakdown of the aggregate rules and how the Sounders can advance after beating the Rapids 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The conference championships in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs are home-and-home two-leg series based on aggregate scoring.

Each team plays at home once, and whichever team has more combined goals at the end of the two-game series advances. If the score is tied after the two matches, the first tiebreaker is away goals. If the teams have the same amount of away goals, then they will play extra time in the second leg and will go to penalty kicks if the score is still tied.

So what does that mean for the Sounders?

The Sounders will advance with a win or a draw by any scoreline. The Rapids can advance with a 1-0 win or any win by a margin of more than one goal. If the Rapids win 2-1 in the second leg, the match will go to extra time.

Here’s what that looks like in chart form:

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“Starting the series with a win is very important,” said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer on a Wednesday conference call. “I was very happy with the resolve of the team, because going down 1-0 certainly wasn’t in the plan, but give credit to Colorado: They came out and got a goal – and then my team was able to respond and score two goals to put us in charge of the second leg.” — Read more here

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