Sounders Win MLS Cup

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Gabrielle Ott, Editor

On November 10th, 2019, the Seattle Sounders continued an era that is yet to see the end by beating the Toronto Reds 3-1 in the MLS Cup. This was the Sounders second win against Toronto, and the clubs third meeting in the past four seasons. In 2016, the Sounders beat Toronto in penalty shots at BMO field in Toronto. The following year, the Reds took home the trophy with a 2-0 win again on their own turf. In 2018, the Portland Timbers and Atlanta United played for the trophy. But this year Seattle took the top place at CenturyLink Field in front of a record 69,274 roaring fans, the most ever for a soccer match in Washington State and trailing only behind last years MLS Cup attendance of 73,019.

For a while, the no-score first half gave the entire game a nervous feeling. Toronto dominated the possession throughout the game with a few shots that goalie Stephan Frei saved.

Frei commented, “There was a lot of added pressure because I wanted this so bad for our fans. Yes, you can be the first ones to make history at home, but you can also be on a team that loses at home for the first time.”

Finally in the 57th minute, Kelvin Leerdam had a shot on goal that deflected off a Toronto player for the first goal. He was credited with the goal even with it technically being an own goal. 19 minutes later Victor Rodriguez scored and a goal in the 90th minute by Raul Ruidiaz had the Sounders up 3-0. This goal basically sealed the match and the cheers were said to be heard in Tacoma. In fact, for each goal scored the jumping and stomping registered on seismographs, devices placed around the world to capture earthquakes. Toronto scored in the five minutes of overtime, but by then the match was over, and Seattle took the win once again.

The Sounders have been known for their large fan base with groups such as the Emerald City Supporters that lead chants and events such as the March to the Match, a march that goes three blocks a hour before the game. Both the fans and the team feel that there is a connection in this franchise.

“Our fans never cease to surprise me. This win’s for them,” said Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer. “It’s for the city of Seattle.”

Sources:

Evans, Jayda. “Instant Analysis: Impressions from the Sounders’ MLS Cup Win vs. Toronto FC.” The Seattle Times, The Seattle Times Company, 10 Nov. 2019, www.seattletimes.com/sports/sounders/instant-analysis-impressions-from-the-sounders-mls-cup-win-vs-toronto-fc/.

Calkins, Matt. “For Sounders Fans, Sunday’s MLS Cup Lived up to the Hype and May Never Be Topped.” The Seattle Times, The Seattle Times Company, 11 Nov. 2019, www.seattletimes.com/sports/sounders/for-sounders-fans-sundays-mls-cup-lived-up-to-the-hype-and-may-never-be-topped/.

Williams, David. “Each Time Seattle Scored in the MLS Cup Final, the Fans’ Reaction Registered on Earthquake Measuring Devices.” CNN, Cable News Network, 11 Nov. 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/11/11/us/seattle-soccer-goals-seismograph-trnd/index.html.b hh