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Road win means the return of ‘Jingle Bells’

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The USL tradition is alive and well.

One of the traditions that has endured from the USL version of the Seattle Sounders to the MLS version is a postgame song that follows road wins. You’ve probably heard it before — it’s sung to the tune of Jingle Bells and features the line “Sounders win away.” In recent years it was led by Zach Scott, the last remaining player from those days.

With Scott no longer on the team, that particular tradition appeared to be in danger. But with Brian Schmetzer still the head coach — he also led the USL squad — the song made its triumphant return following Thursday’s 2-0 win on the road against the Houston Dynamo. Schmetzer left it up to the players to decide who would lead, and it appears as though Cristian Roldan was the first to start the ceremonial banging of lockers.

The song also got Roman Torres to bring back his dance moves, something that became a bit of a signature during last year’s playoff run but which we’ve not seen as much of this year.