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Sounders are playoff bound with 2-0 victory over Vancouver

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Raul Ruidiaz had a goal and an assist in his first game back after testing positive for coronavirus in international duty, and the Seattle Sounders clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday night.

The defending MLS Cup champion Sounders (10-4-5) secured their 12th straight trip to the postseason. The win also pushed Seattle to the top of the Western Conference standings.

Vancouver (8-13-0) has won three of its last 12 and are fighting for a playoff spot in the West with just two games to go.

Ruidiaz returned to the starting lineup for the Sounders after contracting COVID-19 while playing with Peru’s national team.

Ruidiaz, who leads Seattle with 10 goals, last played for the Sounders on Oct. 4, when he scored in a 3-1 victory over the Whitecaps. The Sounders have won both previous regular-season matchups against Vancouver this season.