Sounders Win Concacaf Champions League


Joe Nicholson - USA Today Sports

Seattle Sounders FC celebrates as the first MLS team to win the CCL.

In a historic first for the MLS, Seattle Sounders FC won the Concacaf Champions League on May 4.

The Sounders’ 3-0 victory over Pumas UNAM (from Mexico) marks the first time an American team has won the continental tournament. The match was played at Lumen Field in Seattle, with a record 68,741 people in attendance.

The Sounders were already one of the most decorated clubs in the MLS, with two MLS Cups, a Supporters’ Shield, and four US Open Cups, but no MLS club had ever won the Concacaf Champions League. Winning the continental tournament has been considered the Holy Grail for MLS teams, some have come close but none have won it until now.

It’s no secret that the Sounders have been aiming to set MLS history in the tournament for years, as general manager Garth Lagerwey has been talking about winning the tournament from the moment he got the job.

This is not only the biggest win in Sounders’ history, it is the biggest win in American MLS history, and it is one that players and fans will remember for years to come.

“One of the most important wins, I think, of my career,” midfielder Crisitan Roland said. “When you get to make history and you’re the first one to do it, you’re in the history books forever. No one can take that away from you. So I’m really happy our fans showed up, 68,000 in midweek, again, it’s special – you don’t see that very often. Credit to them. It was just a great experience and I’ll never take anything for granted.”