The numbers will never tell you a complete story, but they can often help explain what you just saw. The Seattle Sounders did not play one of their best matches of the season. By the numbers, it may have been one of their worst. But the only numbers that really mattered were two (the number of goals they scored) and 64 (the number of points they claimed).
But why stop there?
1 -- The Sounders have now won the U.S. Open Cup and Supporters' Shield in the same season. The 2003 Chicago Fire were the only other team to have accomplished that feat. That Fire team eventually lost in the MLS Cup finals.
2 -- Marco Pappa scored two goals, his first multi-goal game in club play since 2011. It also gave him six goals, meaning the Sounders have a league-high five players with at least that many.
4 -- The Sounders managed to take just four shots all game, all of which were credited to Pappa. It was their lowest shot total of the season. They had only taken fewer than 10 on three other occasions, all of which were road games.
5 -- The Shield was the fifth trophy the Sounders have won during their six seasons in MLS. That puts them in elite company, as only six other teams -- all of them having joined the league in 1998 or before -- have won that many major trophies in their histories. (h/t WeFollowFutbol.com).
10 -- Clint Dempsey picked up his 10th assist of the season, setting a new career high. He also had 15 league goals, the second highest total of his professional career.
11 -- Sigi Schmid has now won 11 major titles in MLS, three of which have been Supporters' Shields. He has also won two MLS Cups, five U.S. Open Cups and the CONCACAF Champions Cup. That's more than any other coach in MLS history. Bruce Arena is second with nine total titles.
17 -- Pappa's 85th minute goal gave the Sounders two additional points. That meant the Sounders had claimed a total of 18 additional points with goals that came after the 80th minute this year and have now scored 11 goals in the 80th minute or later. Conversely, the Sounders have allowed four goals after the 80th minute but that's only cost them one point. Add it all together and the Sounders were +17 points from goals scored/allowed after the 80th minute.
20 -- This was win No. 20 for the Sounders, a total no team had reached in the post-shootout era. The 1998 LA Galaxy still hold the record with 22 regulation wins.
24 -- It was also win No. 24 across all competitions. The MLS record is currently held by the Galaxy, who won 28 games in 2011 among the regular-season, Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and playoffs. The Sounders would need to win MLS Cup to have any chance of breaking that record.
30 -- Obafemi Martins picked up another assist to give him an even 30 combined goals and assists. Robbie Keane (33 this year) and Chris Wondolowski (34 in 2012) are the only two other players to hit that number since 2001. Landon Donovan, the league's all-time leader in goals and assists, has never managed to pull that off (although he's twice hit 29).
62 -- If the game seemed ugly, well, that's because the Sounders completed just 62 percent of their passes. It was by far their worst passing performance of the season. Zach Scott and Lamar Neagle were the worst offenders, each completing just 52 percent of their passes, but only Gonzalo Pineda (71) and Osvaldo Alonso (82) were anything approaching decent.
64 -- The win puts the Sounders on 64 points for the season, setting a franchise record. It's also tied for the fourth highest total in MLS history.
5,162 -- For first time in their MLS history, the Sounders did not set a new attendance record. They fell 5,162 short in their final game, but their average of 43,734 is the second highest average in league history.