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Sunday, November 10th, 2019

MLS Cup returns to Cascadia as Seattle Sounders defeat Toronto FC at home

Seattle has another championship!

The Seattle Sounders brought a second MLS Cup home to Cascadia this afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Field, defeating Toronto FC 3-1 to become Major League Soccer’s 2019 champions.

It was the third championship match played between the two teams.

The Sounders defeated Toronto in 2016 to secure their first-ever MLS Cup, then lost a rematch to Toronto one year later, in 2017.

Today, the Sounders avenged that loss on their own home turf.

It was the most satisfying win in franchise history, one that will be savored and remembered for a long, long, long, long time.

“Walking out, I got a little teary-eyed, because it’s a huge moment. You realize this before the game starts, the few precious moments before and you’re literally inside the powderkeg – it’s incredible, it’s a dream come true,” goalkeeper Stefan Frei said in comments reflecting on the significance of the game.

The team scored all three of its goals in the second half.

Kelvin Leerdam scored the first goal, with a little bit of help from Toronto (the ball zigzagged into the net thanks to a deflection gone wrong).

Victor Rodriguez scored the second goal with a picture-perfect shot past Quentin Westberg, the Toronto keeper, into the corner.

Raul Ruidiaz scored the final goal not long after, putting the game out of reach from the visiting team. Toronto did manage to answer with one goal, averting a shutout, but by that point, the Sounders’ victory felt all but inevitable.

Since its founding in 2009, this team has become one of Major League Soccer’s most decorated franchises. In ten years, the team has accomplished all of this:

  • MLS Cup champions (2): 2016, 2019
  • MLS Cup runners-up (1): 2017
  • MLS Cup Playoff berths (10): 2010-2019
  • Supporters’ Shield (1): 2014
  • U.S. Open Cup champions (3): 2010, 2011, 2014
  • U.S. Open Cup runners-up (1): 2012
  • Concacaf Champions League berths (5): 2010-2012, 2015, 2018

In addition, Seattle has won six Cascadia Cup titles (in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019). Seattle is tied with Vancouver for the most Cascadia Cup titles overall. The MLS incarnation of the Sounders has the most Cup titles (four).

NPI congratulates the Sounders on their second MLS Cup victory. It was no easy feat, but they pulled it off and gave their fans the best holiday gift imaginable. Thanks for lifting everyone’s spirits, Sounders. We’ll treasure this championship.

Now it’s time to celebrate. See you at the victory parade on Tuesday!

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