MLS Moves: Jermaine Jones intends to shop around

It was enough to send the Sounders into the MLS Cup. After finishing second to last in the West in 2014, with the third-worst record in all of MLS, Mastroeni saw his side post a better points total a year ago but finish dead last in the conference, leaving the Rapids coach with a record of 17-33-18 after his first two seasons. The Swedish defender's poor headed clearance led to Jordan Morris' goal for Seattle.

Seattle will now await the victor of Toronto FC and Montreal Impact on Tuesday night.

Now, the Sounders (15-14-6) will try to get their first title against either Toronto or Montreal on December 10. If he re-signs with MLS, the Rapids would have his rights.

The first half was all Rapids as they dominated in front of their home fans but couldn't find the elusive go-ahead goal.

A win there will cap an improbable turnaround for Seattle, which started the year 6-12-2 under coach Sigi Schmid but went 8-2-1 after Brian Schmetzer was named interim head coach to get in the playoffs.

That moment proved to be in the 56th minute, when a failed clearance from Colorado's Jared Watts fell to the feet of Nelson Valdez, who quickly found Morris with space in the penalty area.

The Sounders indicated that the rookie was suffering from a virus in the lead-up to the match and he certainly looked off his game in terms of touch and passing early on.

It took only about an hour for the Rapids' season to end before Jones announced on social media that he is looking to offer his services elsewhere.

The first half had the Rapids with many opportunities, but they could not get the ball into the back of the net. Now, in its eighth seasons, it stands on the brink of a championship. For the Colorado Rapids, that means they need to be firing on all cylinders or their hopes of winning the MLS cup will come to a crashing stop. Jordan Morris and Shkelzen Gashi had both recently returned from minor injuries that may have still been aggravating them, but in both matches of the series, one of those forwards was clearly better than the other.

There is a lot to think about for the next two weeks for the Sounders, like who they're going to play, where it will be, etc. He covers MLS and the USA national teams.