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A unique and comprehensive look at the Seattle Sounders franchise and its storied run for the Cup
The Seattle Sounders were a sensation from the start, attracting crowds of sizes unlike any MLS team had ever seen. By the 2016 season, Seattle was averaging more than 42,000 fans per home game, the most of any soccer team in the Western Hemisphere, and more than behemoths like Chelsea F.C. and A.C. Milan overseas. But, for all of its early consistent success, Seattle had yet to actually win the league.
In order to reach the ambitious goals the club set for itself, the Sounders needed the jolt of a championship. To get there would require tumult previously unknown to a club built on stability, a clash of egos, and a title run so unlikely it could hardly have been scripted. This is a Cinderella story for all MLS fans and every Sounder at heart.
In this detailed account of the Seattle Sounders' 2016 season, sportswriter Pentz breaks down how the franchise won its first MLS championship. The book opens with the mid-season firing of Sigi Schmid, who had been the team's only coach since its establishment in 2007. Pentz smoothly transitions into a brief history of the team, its connection to the Seattle community, and its partnership with NFL's Seattle Seahawks (they share a stadium) that has made it one of the best-managed and best-supported soccer clubs in the country. Pentz builds tension with the personal narratives of the players and coaches including Jordan Morris, a Seattle local playing his first season with the team; interim coach Brian Schmetzer; and Uruguayan midfielder Nicol s Lodeiro, who was brought on just as the season began before taking readers through the Sounders' improbable late-season run of success that culminates in a nail-biting recap of the championship game against Toronto FC, which Seattle won in penalty kicks. Sure to be snapped up by the same enthusiastic crowds that pack the stands for Sounders games, this book will also appeal to general soccer fans, as well as anyone interested in the inner workings of a successful sports franchise. \n