Seattle Sounders seal ‘immortality’ but are only ‘tip of the spear’ for MLS

It took 22 years, but an MLS club has finally been crowned champions of Concacaf, and it just had to be the Seattle Sounders.

Arguably no team has done more to define the modern era of this league to drag it closer to Liga MX kicking and screaming. Two MLS Cups, one Supporters’ Shield, four US Open Cups, and, now, one Concacaf Champions League since the club’s 2009 debut.

On Wednesday, in front of a competition record crowd of 68,741, Seattle beat Pumas 3-0 (5-2 on aggregate) to book a place at the Fifa Club World Cup. They made history for themselves and Major League Soccer. And according to president Garth Lagerway…

“Immortality. Immortality,” he declared to the extra time podcast. “You get into sports for stuff that people can never take away. This will be written down, it’ll be there forever. Hopefully, it’s the first of many. We talked about a couple of days ago, we stacked semi-finals as a league, then we stacked finalists. Now we broke through.

“This is such an exciting time for American soccer. We’ve got the most talented generation going to the World Cup, and we are now pushing through – we got the best Sounders team of all time and MLS as a league, we’re getting ready to take on Liga MX in a big way , Leagues Cup coming up. It’s so fun.”

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