The Seattle Sounders FC scored three goals in their win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup championship and fans were so excited, their celebrations registered on earthquake-sensing equipment.
Garth Lagerwey, general manager of the Seattle Sounders, wasn’t kidding when he called tickets for Sunday’s MLS Cup Final the hottest in the Emerald City. And it’s not just that CenturyLink Field sold out its capacity of around 70,000 fans in several hours, adding to the momentum before the Sounders host Toronto FC (3 pm ET on ABC, Univision. TUDN, TSN, TVAS).
Raul Ruidiaz scored twice and Nicolas Lodeiro added a goal and two assists as the visiting Seattle Sounders upset host LAFC 3-1 Tuesday night in Major League Soccer's Western Conference final.
Despite the contrasting emotions of heartbroken Toronto FC and the MLS Cup winning Seattle Sounders, they shared one feeling: disbelief.
Stefan Frei made the greatest high-stakes save in MLS history with his unbelievable swat to deny Jozy Altidore in MLS Cup.
There isn’t much separating Toronto FC from its MLS Cup final opponents Seattle Sounders on paper. The Reds and the Sounders go into Saturday night’s match with near-identical records since the end of July. Both are considered attacking teams whose strings are pulled by a creative playmaker.
Seattle is in Saturday's MLS Cup, and it's the best turnaround the league has ever seen.
It's all to play for when Toronto hosts Seattle in the MLS Cup final; our writers predict which team will be crowned champion of MLS.
The Timbers Army unveiled an expansive green and gold tifo ahead of Sunday's Western Conference Championship game. In the center of the display, two words stood out: "Cup Bound." Right now, the Portland Timbers look like a team that is bound for the MLS Cup.
There are anywhere between 450 and 540 minutes left in the 2015 Major League Soccer season. That’s it. Eight months of games and 10 months of training sessions all come down to this, the conference finals, which kick off Sunday with the first of two legs in the Eastern and Western Conferences.
The Portland Timbers’ first foray into the MLS Cup Playoffs couldn’t have been going better. It was just two years ago, in head coach Caleb Porter’s first year at the helm, and they had swept their way past rival Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Semifinals. A trip to MLS Cup seemed all the more real when just minutes into the opening leg of the conference championship on the road against Real Salt Lake, Portland took the lead in the 14th minute on an emphatic long-distance strike from captain Will Johnson.
As Sounders FC captain Brad Evans put it earlier this summer, the Major League Soccer regular season is comparable to a wild roller-coaster ride. Every team goes through ups and downs during the 34-match campaign as they battle for spots in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Seattle has reached the postseason every year since it joined the league in 2009. But unless the club turns things around soon, that streak is at risk of coming to an end this season. “It’s do or die right now,” goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. “Every point matters.”
The Seattle Sounders' 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake was the team's ninth defeat in its last 11 games in Major League Soccer. Despite this poor form, Seattle should still be considered as a favorite for the MLS Cup. WestGate Las Vegas SuperBook (via ESPN's Paul Carr) released its latest MLS Cup odds. The Sounders are listed as 12-1 favorites. Only five teams have lower figures and two are in the Western Conference:
The New York Red Bulls’ three goal explosion at the start of their 4-1 win on Saturday against the New England Revolution wasn’t just impressive – it was record-breaking. New York scored three times in the opening 12 minutes at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, setting the record for fastest team to three goals in a single game in Major League Soccer history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The first 13 names on the 2015 MLS All-Star team caused no small amount of consternation among players and fans. Neither of the league's top two leading goal scorers (Columbus' Kei Kamara and Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco) made the Fan XI, which is determined via online voting. Columbus' Ethan Finlay, a rising star who currently leads the league in assists, also failed to garner enough votes.
MLS's secondary transfer window has opened. That means all the big name midseason signings are eligible to play this weekend. Frank Lampard, Erik Friberg, Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard lead the list of recent signings by MLS that could debut this weekend. Of course the LA Galaxy have a bye so they can play Club America in the ICC. Pirlo is not expected to make his debut until late July, so the only big names to debut this weekend might be Friberg and Lampard. (Note: it looks like Lampard picked up a calf strain in training and Friberg did not travel to Chicago.)