Sounders FC celebrates its victory. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

LOS ANGELES — Seattle Sounders FC advanced to its third MLS Cup in four years, defeating the Supporters’ Shield-winning Los Angeles Football Club, 3-1, in the MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference final at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

Seattle, the 2016 champion, awaits the winner of Wednesday’s Eastern Conference final between No. 2 Atlanta United and No. 4 Toronto FC (8 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN1/4 / TVA Sports). Sounders FC will host MLS Cup if Toronto advances and will go on the road if Atlanta United advance.

The 2019 MLS Cup takes place Sunday, Nov. 10 (3 p.m. ET, ABC / Univision / TSN / TVA Sports).

Peruvian and 2018 World Cup forward Raul Ruidiaz recorded with a brace for Seattle to garner a victory against an LAFC side that posted an MLS-record 72 points during the regular season and had lost only once earlier this year home.

After a 17th-minute goal from MLS Best XI midfielder Eduard Atuesta of LAFC, Ruidiaz responded in the 22nd minute with a goal. Ruidiaz’s quick turn broke through the LAFC defense and he fired a shot inside the right post to tie the score at 1-1 in the 22nd minute.

Ruidiaz played a critical role in the build-up to Sounders FC’s go-ahead goal four minutes later as Nicolas Lodeiro’s left-footed strike found the right side of the frame for a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute.

Ruidiaz provided the exclamation point after Sounders FC intercepted the ball in LAFC’s defensive third, scoring from 19 yards in the 64th minute for a 3-1 advantage.

MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
*Subject to change.
** All playoff games will be broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN (English) and TVA Sports (French)
 
ROUND 1 (6 games)

Saturday, Oct. 19

  • No. 4 Toronto FC 5, No. 5 D.C. United 1
  • No. 2 Atlanta United 1, No. 7 New England Revolution 0
  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC 4, No. 7 FC Dallas 3
  • No. 3 Real Salt Lake 2, No. 6 Portland Timbers 1

Sunday, Oct. 20

  • No. 3 Philadelphia Union 4, No. 6 New York Red Bulls 3
  • No. 4 Minnesota United FC 1, No. 5 LA Galaxy 2

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (4 games)

Wednesday, Oct. 23

  • No. 1 New York City FC 1, No. 4 Toronto FC 2
  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC 2, No. 3 Real Salt Lake 0

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • No. 2 Atlanta United 2, No. 3, Philadelphia Union 0
  • No. 1 Los Angeles Football Club 5, No. 5 LA Galaxy 3

CONFERENCE FINALS (2 games)

Tuesday, Oct. 29

  • No. 1 Los Angeles Football Club 1, No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC 3

Wednesday, Oct. 30

  • No. 2 Atlanta United vs. No. 4 Toronto FC

(8 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN 1/4 / TVA Sports)
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

2019 MLS CUP

Sunday, Nov. 10

  • MLS Cup: Seattle Sounders FC against Atlanta United or Toronto FC (3 p.m. ET, ABC / Univision / TSN / TVA Sports) (SEA hosts if TOR wins; ATL hosts if it advances past TOR)