While the MLS season cannot be seen as a success with their early post-season exit here are the best 5 moments for Seattle this season.
1. Sounders win their 3rd U.S. Open Cup
This season Seattle won their 3rd straight US Open Cup in front of a home crowd of 35,615, which was the biggest ever for the competition.
The Sounders were up against the Chicago Fire in the finals and the game was a 0-0 draw until the 78th minute when Fredy Montero gave Seattle the 1-0 lead.
Osvaldo Alonso scored on a breakaway right before the final whistle to give the Sounders a 2-0 win with G Kasey Keller giving his team a clean sheet.
2. The Sounders were legit in the regular season
Seattle had the 2nd best record in the MLS last season and they were the best road team in the league.
They were only 1 goal behind eventual champion L.A. Galaxy for the best goal differential in the league (+19) and their offense scored the most goals in the MLS.
3. The best fans in the league
The Sounders fans, which are known as the Emerald City Supporters, not only have some of the most rabid fans in the MLS, but they come out to support their team in droves.
When the Sounders beat DC United 3-0 the total for the season’s home attendance at CenturyLink Field surpassed 553,987, which set the MLS attendance record for the 3rd straight season.
The Sounders also have the March to the Match where fans march from Occidental Park to CenturyLink Field before each home match and are accompanied by the league’s first marching band called the Sound Wave.
4. Champions League play
The Sounders qualified for their first ever CONCACAF Champions League knockout phase, which will begin in March with a home and away series facing Santos of Mexico.
5. Audios Kasey Keller
Kasey Keller could not lead his team to Seattle’s first ever MLS finals, but he had a stellar last season in goal.
He retired after the last playoff match and for the season he ranked first in the MLS in wins (19) and 3rd in shutouts (10).
He had a clean sheet in the US Open Cup title match and in his last regular season match at home 64,000 fans showed up to bid him farewell.
Honorable Mention - FW Fredy Montero and his great season scoring 18 goals and tallying 12 assists. Mauro Rosales‘ first season in Seattle was a stellar one, as he set the franchise record for assists in a season.