No other American soccer city has two teams left alive in pro soccer playoffs.
There's never been a double-dip of champions for NWSL and MLS play. Both leagues have a high level of parity. Only Seattle has won the MLS and NWSL shields in the same year (2014) and only Portland has experienced both of their top teams making the final in the same year, but both lost their respective 2018 finals.
Even qualifying for the second season with both clubs is rare. In 2022 no city had the experience.
We have the opportunity to capture a rare and thrilling double in Seattle. Despite both teams have long periods of struggle, the season can wind up with the thrill of parades and trophies.
And, we'd experience this thrill while some of the greatest to ever play in their leagues are done in Seattle.
Together as one – a city united in soccer excellence.
Let's send off two legends with trophies.
As Megan Rapinoe heads off to Phase 2 of her career, she has the opportunity to do what so few do. She and Reign can finally take the Cup, the trophy they haven't chased down. She call's this opportunity the "perfect way to go out."
The better way is with a win.
It's the best way to send Nico Lodeiro off as well. A final trophy goes a long way towards healing emotional wounds.
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Puget Sound Soccer
The playoffs continue. Don't watch other soccer. Watch our teams, because they're capable of winning the Cup.
Sounders v. FC Dallas at 7 p.m. on MLS Season Pass. Winner advances. Loser gets to watch someone else go on a run. There's no chance at extra time, only penalties will solve a tie.
Keys to the game?
- Cristian Roldan doing the little things
- Morris and Atencio continuing their form
- Veteran leadership – only two starters haven't started in a Final, and every player used in the series so far, except Atencio has played in one.
- Make Dallas the possessor
Reign v. Gotham at 5 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+. Winner gets to celebrate. Loser gets to lament not helping a legend go out on top.
Keys to the game?
- Understanding Gotham's combination of high press and high line
- Ride Rapinoe's history of success against Gotham
- It's Latsko season
Looking back at the week's news
There's soccer news that doesn't involve the greatest teams you've ever seen.
- New professional women's soccer team the Zephyr FC brings the world's game to Spokane
- Adrian Webster: Original Sounder - Rest in Peace
- Is MLS' new best-of-three playoff format working? ESPN says maybe
- Bill Oram: Merritt Paulson shows contempt for Portland Timbers fans by hiring coach with history of sexist tweets
- How the climate crisis is affecting elite sport – DW – 11/08/2023
- Soccer has a refereeing ‘epidemic’ — just not the one you think
- MLS investigating alleged post-match incident involving FC Cincinnati's Matt Miazga
- MLS suspends Wagner three games for alleged racial slur
- Nerd Farmer Podcast - Launching a Reader Supported Soccer Journalism Project – Jeremiah Oshan, Editor-in-Chief Sounder at Heart – #207