Seattle Sounders defeat Pumas to win CONCACAF Champions League
Perhaps there have been too many markers as “MLS’s biggest night” that the words have lost all meaning. So many stadium openings (which is good! Except for those that might have been opened on the public dime), or MLS Cup finals, or TV deals, or expansion teams joining the fray (and definitely not adding to a Ponzi scheme). It’s a goofy ride if you follow the league, but it’s hard to know what actually signals progress and what is just dressed up as such.
Last night in Seattle was a definite marker, and couldn’t or shouldn’t have taken place anywhere else. The Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team in 17 tries to win the CONCACAF Champions League, thwacking Pumas 3-0 for a 5-2 aggregate win over two legs. They did it in front of 68,000 at Lumen Field, on a Wednesday night.
What it means, on the ground, is that the Seattle Sounders, come next winter, will play in the same tournament, the Club World Cup, as either Real Madrid or Liverpool. They could play a South American giant like River or Boca or Flamengo. You’ll have to pardon anyone who needs a moment to comprehend seeing the Sounders, or any MLS team, on the same field as those teams. What a ride it must be for Sounders fans.
MLS has talked big about being the best league in North America, i.e. surpassing Liga MX. But you can’t do that until you have the results. One CCL triumph does not mean a seismic shift, but it has to start…