Concacaf Champions League headers’ Championship Enhances Seattle Football Tournament

SEATTLE – Everything broke well for the Sounders, who were made for about two hours by a sea of ​​blue and green Seattle fans who pushed their electric power into the scene.

This was history – and it sounded like a connection between the team and its supporters.

For more than 20 years, no Major League Soccer team has ever won the CONCACAF Champions League, which includes the best teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. But the Sounders ended the drought in the Pacific Northwest: a 3-0 victory over the Mexican Pumas on Wednesday.

How important was success?

In preparation for the game this week, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey called for an immortal chance.

mu video hype video, none other than the retired Seahawks portrait, Marshawn Lynch, called it a “big (confusing) game.” In the first half of Wednesday, as the Sounders advanced 1-0, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stood up for his team at Lumen Field, looked me in the eye, and called the game “the biggest game in league history.”

Since its inception in 1996, the MLS has sought to become a top-tier American league so that it can stand on its own two feet with world powers. But so far, the failure was a regular MLS event in this year’s tournament, with Mexican league teams winning the last 13 Concacaf competitions.

Well, the Sounders set the record straight Wednesday.

Initially the game was a complex and athletic affair that forced two of the Sounders, João Paulo and Nouhou Tolo, to leave with injuries. But Seattle highlighted his courage. Goalie Stefan Frei, who was named the most important player in the tournament, contributed to a solid defense, and the Sounders continued to attack until the shooter Raul Ruidiaz fired in a shot that split at the end of the half. In the 80th minute, Ruidiaz added another goal with a smooth shot.

Nicolás Lodeiro sealed the victory with a goal in the 88th minute and rushed to the stadium to celebrate among the bustling fans.

The victory qualifies the team for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament full of royal football. Chelsea of ​​the Premier League won the final. Whether Liverpool or Real Madrid will represent Europe next. Just being in the same competition with the same teams is new to MLS

It is fitting, then, that the Sounders lead the league to a new level. Since launching the MLS in 2009, they have thrilled the city’s richest city by winning two MLS Cup four-to-four finals. Seattle led the league in all but two years, with local fans bringing the same interest to Lumen as Seahawks fans became known. Probably more. A total of 68,741 fans who made history in the game showed up to watch the home team play Pumas. Wednesday night.

How did Seattle become an American football fan?

There is no single answer. Among them is the city’s history of hospitality and foreignness – one that still speaks volumes about American football. Seattle produced Boeing and Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon. It gave the world grunge rock and Quincy Jones. Jimi Hendrix went to high school three miles[3 km]from Lumen Field. Bruce Lee developed his martial arts skills after a short stint.

One of his largest paintings is a troll sculpture that sits at the bottom of a bridge. It has become a habit to pull on the big blue and green Sounders fabric before the big games.

The love that this city has for every sport – from the Sounders to the OL Reign of the NWSL, to the colleges and young players – is a thing of the past and a team: Seattle Sounders for a long time – the North American Soccer League is over.

From 1974 to 1983, those Sounders teams were the first team to try to bring the biggest US competition to professional football in the country.

If you ask me, a native of Seattle who grew up at that time, and that love started, in particular, with one game.

Since I was 9 years old I call it the Pele Games. That’s when I boarded the city bus downstairs to watch the original Sounders review. The date was April 9, 1976, the first game ever played on the now demolished Kingdome.

A crowd of about 60,000, the largest in North American football history, watched Seattle receive the New York Cosmos star and his leader, the greatest player ever to see football: Pele. Black Pearl, as he is known, came to NASL to celebrate the last part of his career – as well as the founding ambassador for the sport in North America. I do not remember as much of this game as I do and I am terrified of the lithe and powerful Brazilian.

Pele was not disappointed. He scored two goals in a 3-1 victory.

The game was spectacular. The original Sounders players quickly became local legends, weaving deep into the fabric of the city. In those days, to me, it seemed like a Sounder person visiting every class in every public school. In 1977, the Sounders took part in the Soccer Bowl. He played in front of the entire house in Portland, Ore., Three hours drive south, losing to Cosmos, 2-1, in the final unbeaten game that Pelé played.

“I still have his jersey,” Jimmy McAlister said in a telephone interview. I almost saw the smile in his words. THE defending the Seattle team and the 1977 NASL rookie, McAlister told me how he somehow called Pelé to give him the No. 10 jersey. The story is compelling. The jersey is now in the McAlister lock box.

“People would call me from time to time to buy me,” she says. It is not for sale. Some things are more valuable than money. The jersey has a memory and a life.

McAlister loves modern Sounders. He praised their cooperation, quality blue collar work, and their growing talent. Raised in Seattle, he is one of the many listeners left in the city after their playing days. Today he runs one of the largest youth development groups. Many others were left behind to teach the game, to teach in hospitals and in high schools and colleges. Others helped shape the team of the last minor league – also called Sounders.

He kept the ball alive for decades between the end of NASL and the birth of MLS.

Wednesday night, about an hour after the game, fans were left at Lumen Field. More about them. Fun songs were heard as far as the field covered with confetti. The players responded by raising the Champions League gold medal. Unlike the 1976 Kingdome game – the original Sounders versus glitzy, star-studded cosmos – these matchup were not remembered for the enemy. It was an unforgettable experience for a home team, which simply put itself on the world map. And that would make Pele, a very proud football ambassador, proud.

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