The Sounders rode the tried and true Schmetzer formula to a victory in leg 2 of the Western Conference final, and are now on the verge of their first ever MLS Cup. Sounders faithful were sure to give them a warm welcome as the victors arrived.
Rainy but festive atmosphere. Flight about 30 minutes from touching down. @SoundersFC @ProstSoccer @sounderatheart pic.twitter.com/c9VYvnYWeO— Max Aquino (@maxaquinophoto) November 28, 2016\
SEATTLE'S OWN!!! #WelcomeHomeSounders pic.twitter.com/LxM5ILDNmy— Hugo (@MiVidaSeattle) November 28, 2016
Although stressful, the final leg of the Western Conference Championship will be remembered as a celebration. These watercolors from SaH contributor Emily Cummings will be a great way to relive that moment.
The other side of the Cup bracket hasn't been decided, with the Canadian affair set to be resolved this Wednesday. Ahead one of the biggest matches in their (and their opponents) franchise history, Toronto FC's players and coaches are hoping to give the Montreal all they've got.
"All they've got" could include a potential lineup change for Toronto, with Greg Vanney hinting at Will Johnson and Toisant Ricketts joining the starting eleven for Wednesday's second leg.
The Sounder's Cup Opponent isn't the only key variable that will be decided this Wednesday. A Montreal Impact victory would bring the Cup final to CenturyLink Field, due to the Sounders having a better regular season record than the Impact.
The ripple effects of the Western Conference Championship will be felt for quite some time, with the first wave coming from Jermaine Jones tweeting (and subsequently deleting) his intentions to test free agency. While he does not have enough MLS years of service to become a free agency within the league, his intentions to test his global market value are clear following his comments after Sunday's match.
Changes may be coming to the Professional Referee Organization, with Howard Webb reportedly becoming the overseer of the Video Assistant Referee Project, despite The Sun reporting Webb could be named head of MLS referees.
MLS has been almost reliant on change over the last several seasons, Black and Red United are continuing to push for one of their own: having the MLS Cup be decided the day after Thanksgiving.
The F.A. are broadening their internal investigation of Sexual Abuse, as more claims surrounding English youth leagues come forth.
Antoine Greizman sees your speculation around a possible move to the Premier League and raises you an on-the-record statement that the English league would suit him. On the other side of the sideline, Greizman's manager Diego Simeone reiterated that the Spanish League is where he belongs.