Mike: Tell Me I’m Wrong, Seattle’s best sports moment of 2019 was on Sunday, not Monday

Nov 13, 2019, 10:39 AM

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Ditch the car, forget about the traffic, save money on parking, and hop aboard the special Sounder train to the Sounders FC match this Saturday at Lumen Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The game was electrifying, a see-saw affair that could have gone either way. The stadium was packed and the atmosphere was an electric as it could get. And the underdog came out on top.

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Of course, I’m talking about Sunday. Not Monday.

Monday’s Seahawks win mattered a bunch — just not as much as Sunday’s Sounders win.

Here’s why:

  • Most obviously, it was a championship; the second in four years and it came from the team’s third trip to the final in the past four years.
  • It caps the 11th time in 11 season that the city’s MLS team has made the playoffs, an unprecedented run in local sports.
  • The crowd of nearly 70,000 people was the largest ever at Century Link Field – larger than any Seahawks game. The team averaged more than 40,000 fans during the regular season.
  • The Sounders have been in Seattle since 1974 – a full three years more than the Seahawks.
  • The team’s coach Brian Schmetzer is not only is local, he began his affiliation with the Sounders in 1980 as a player. He’s now a two-time national champion.

The championship seals what now is regarded as the most dominant MLS team of the past decade. No other team in the league can match the Sounders consistent success on and off the pitch.

That MVP quarterback with the Seahawks? Guess which team he bought into as a part owner. And guess where he was on Tuesday.

This isn’t to take anything away from the Seahawks nail-biter win from the 49ers and the revival of that rivalry. Monday night completed a great week in Seattle sports. And before you tell me about how many people on TV watched the game – yes, I know it exceeds the Sounders – but the gap is narrowing each year.

And as for that NFL expansion to London? The Sounders draw better there already and will even after the NFL arrives.

Before you accuse me of being anti-football I’m not. I was just as happy as the Seahawks win as you. But the long-term trend line nationally and internationally works in soccer’s favor. Now’s your excuse to get on board.

And before you tell me I’m wrong about soccer answer me this: Which sport is your child playing?

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