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It feels like we’ve been here for years, so break up the monotony by watching the Sounders comeback win against DC United tonight at 7.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

This evening the Sounders FC Classics broadcast will revisit the 2017 come-from-behind 4-3 victory over DC United. Having shown themselves capable of climbing back from a 3-0 deficit earlier in the year against the New England Revolution when they managed a 3-3 draw, the Seattle Sounders outdid themselves by scoring four second half goals to claim all three points.

In July of 2017, the Sounders were on the verge of truly waking from their seemingly customary late-Spring/early-Summer slumber - and to be honest they hadn’t started the season especially well, picking up only five wins in the first 17 games. After a successful two-game road trip that saw the Sounders draw 2-2 against the Portland Timbers courtesy of a 94th minute Clint Dempsey goal, and win 3-1 against the Colorado Rapids, the team returned to CenturyLink Field in need of a win. DC United opened the scoring in the 8th minute, and when they added their third goal five minutes after the second half had kicked off it didn’t look like the results of the previous two games would be much more than a blip. One minute later, though, Will Bruin got his head on a cross from Joevin Jones and put the Sounders on the board. Over the next 27 minutes, Brad Evans, Gustav Svensson, and Cristian Roldan each grabbed a goal of their own, completing one of the most incredible comebacks in the team’s MLS history.

What looked certain to be yet another frustrating result for the reigning champions had been flipped, becoming one of a number of signature wins as the Sounders went on to push themselves to back-to-back MLS Cup Final appearances. The second half of the season proved to be almost the mirror image of the first half, as Seattle only lost twice in the final 17 games of the regular season. The comeback victory over DC United, which had stood on a knife’s edge between a collapse and truly building momentum, would end up being the fourth game in a 13-game unbeaten streak. The season may have ultimately ended in truly disappointing fashion when Toronto FC got their revenge for the previous year’s MLS Cup Final, the DC United game was the kind of win that made anything seem possible.

Relive the impossible with us tonight.

How to Watch

Match date/time: Jul. 19, 2017 at 7:30pm. Rewatch tonight at 7pm.

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Online Streaming: Soundersfc.com

Alternate audio: @SoundersFC

Local English TV: JOEtv

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle