Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sounders Win Supporters' Shield!

The Sounders win the Shield! The Sounders win the Shield! The Sounders gained their second trophy of 2014 as they defeated the LA Galaxy 2-0 to win the Supporters' Shield. The Sounders finished the regular season with a record of 20-10-4. They became the first team in the post-shootout history of MLS to finish the regular season with 20 victories. If the Sounders win MLS Cup, they will become the first team to win the U.S. Open Cup, the Supporters' Shield, and MLS Cup in the same season.

The match was scoreless until the 85th minute. The Sounders took a quick free kick, Obafemi Martins made a nifty pass, and Marco Pappa scored to make it 1-0 Sounders. Then in the game's final minute, Pappa pressured Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Pinedo, stole the ball, and scored a second goal. Pappa only came into the game in the 73rd minute as a substitute for Brad Evans. The Sounders attempted 4 shots in the game, and all of them were attempted by Pappa.

Attendance for the game was 57,673 on a drizzly Seattle day. The playoffs will begin next weekend against an opponent to be determined. Go Sounders!

Also of interest for Sounders and soccer fans, Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated wrote an interesting proposal regarding the structure of the MLS playoffs. You can read it here.

1 comment:

  1. Go Sounders!
    Interesting article, there are a lot of good ideas in there. Have you seen this article showing different options for the MLS might look after reallignment?