Seattle Sounders managed to finally win the MLS Cup, something which has eluded them for quite a while.
This was the first MLS Cup title for the club, although they have won several trophies like the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield in the last 10 years. However, not many affected the club to win the title especially in the campaign when long-serving coach SigiSchmid departed to be replaced by Brian Schmetzer. The 54-year-old was appointed in August 2016 and it did not look like Seattle Sounderswould in the campaign in a successful manner.
It has not been the case, as a penalty shootout victory over Toronto FC helped the club lift the title for the first time. It was one of the dullest finals in the MLS Cup history, as both teams failed to score in 120 minutes of action. It was also the first time such an event has occurred.
This led to managerSchmetzer asking if it was the most boring Championship game ever. Fans are likely to forgive the manager considering that he has brought one of the most prestigious trophies to the club despite being in charge for less than six months. Seattle Sounders will be hoping to build on the success going forward.
“I’ve been asking around. Soccer is a great sport but there are people out there that say it’s boring and stuff like that. And I’ve asked them, I said, ‘Look, just give it to me straight.’ It was 0-0. We weren’t that good offensively. Some people say it was a good game, some people might say, ‘Well, it wasn’t the most exciting.’ But there was a lot of drama there. We wanted to establish pressure higher up the field, we wanted to possession in their half of the field,” said Schmetzer after the game.