3. The heart of a champion
Time and time again over the years, the Seattle Sounders have been counted out. And time and time again, they respond positively. Consider the slow starts they’ve dealt with over the years but still managed to make the playoffs each and every year since joining MLS in 2009.
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This fighting spirit was best shown in 2016 when Seattle found themselves in ninth spot in the Western Conference standings after 20 games and fired the late, great Sigi Schmid. They managed to once more display their mental strength to bounce back and eventually win their first-ever MLS Cup. This fighting spirit was on display yet again on Sunday against the Fire.
Following on from their disastrous CONCACAF Champions League exit, the Sounders found themselves trailing 1-0 with 30 minutes to go. After having a goal disallowed in the 56th minute, it looked like it was just going to be one of those days. However, they don’t know the meaning of the word defeat.
Inspired by the addition of Jordan Morris for the start of the second half, the Sounders battled back and finally tied the game in the 62nd minute. While Morris got the glory, Cristian Roldan deserves just as much praise for the way he set up his teammate with an exquisite pass from the right. The duo were only just getting started, however. They combined again in the 93rd minute, with the latter heading home to secure a dramatic come from behind 2-1 win. The Sounders simply do not know when they are beaten.