Only a handful of MLS teams have won consecutive championships and the Sounders can certainly put themselves in the conversation about the league’s all-time great sides if they manage another MLS Cup win over Toronto FC at BMO Field this Saturday
Sounders forward Will Bruin has already faced one of the great dynasties in Major League Soccer history in two championship games and knows what historically strong teams look like.
His Houston Dynamo squad lost successive MLS Cups to the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this decade when they had Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane and others on a run of three titles in four years. And when Bruin was asked this week to compare the Sounders to those Galaxy squads, he didn’t flinch at singing his side’s praises.
“This Seattle team is probably the deepest team I’ve ever been a part of,’’ Bruin said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and adversity throughout the year, but we’ve got some guys who are stepping up and who’ve played some big, big minutes throughout the year.
“So, I think the camaraderie and the ability that we have at every position throughout the field – first, second and third, you can go down the whole roster and the level is very good throughout.’’
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Bruin didn’t quite answer the comparison question, which isn’t surprising given how the Sounders still have to play the MLS Cup championship match this Saturday against Toronto FC. Nobody is calling the Sounders a “dynasty’’ just yet, though the term is relative in MLS where consecutive titles is the most any squad has garnered since the league’s 1996 formation.
But capture a second consecutive crown at BMO Field against a Toronto team that just enjoyed the best regular season in league history and the Sounders can indeed think of entering the conversation.
“I think that being able to achieve something like the L.A. Galaxy did by winning back-to-back would definitely cement us in that elite class,’’ Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. “I hold a tremendous respect for those squads because generally we know that for reigning champions, it’s extremely difficult to even reach the playoffs again let alone repeat. For us to have a chance to do that is massive. I think we sense that opportunity and how it would cement us in that elite class.’’
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