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Fuel Soccer Talk: Seattle ‘sounds’ like they aren’t satisfied; U.S. women cap off historic 2019; WNT plays the BFF Quiz

MLS champion Seattle Sounders already looking ahead

Despite winning MLS Cup in 2016, getting to the final a year later while at the same time averaging 40,000 fans per home game, the Seattle Sounders hadn’t given their city a chance to watch its team take the field in the league’s biggest game on home soil – until Sunday. The Sounders, before a record 69,274 fans at CenturyLink Field, defeated Toronto FC 3-1 in the MLS Cup.

But great teams and franchises and programs don’t become great by being satisfied. This isn’t a Snickers commercial – this is professional sports and it’s not what have you done lately, it’s what will you do next. And what Seattle plans on doing next is winning more fans, more games and more titles.

As well as a third MLS Cup title, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey made it clear that the club aims to become the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League. “That’s the next mountain to climb, baby,” he said. “It’s a dream we started in Salt Lake in 2010 when we became the first team to beat a Mexican team. It’s been a goal in Seattle. It will be a fun challenge.”

Lagerwey talked of future goals and plans while the champagne was still flowing and the fans were still cheering. Never be satisfied!

USWNT ends historic 2019 in style – and introduces a few new faces

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Women’s National Team closed out an historic 2019 that saw the team win its fourth World Cup title with a 6-0 win vs. Costa Rica in front of 12,914 fans at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. While it was an end in one regard, it was the beginning in another as some new faces found there way onto the pitch. Lynn Williams had a pair of second half strikes while Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and Christen Press also scored.

The USA heads into 2020 on a winning note after compiling a 20-1-3 record this year, marking 12th time in 35 years of WNT play the team has won 20 or more games in a calendar year.

U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who handed debuts to defenders Midge Purce and Alana Cook when he included them in the USA’s starting XI, made a trio of subs at half time, bringing on goalkeeper Adriana Franch for Ashlyn Harris, Andi Sullivan for veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn and Williams for Lloyd.

Within five minutes of the restart, Williams had made an impact by scoring the USA’s third and Press added a tally for a second consecutive game with a solo effort in 56th minute to put the U.S. up 4-0. Williams would add her second and the WNT’s fifth in the 68th and nearly had a hat trick but her attempt was cleared off the line by Costa Rica goalkeeper Noelia Bermúdez.

WNT Plays the BFF Quiz, Ep. 3: Champions Edition

Since we are talking U.S. Women’s National Team, let’s keep the channel right here. And let’s have some fun!

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