Seattle Sounders become first MLS team to win CONCACAF Champions League


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– Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders beat Mexico’s Pumas UNAM to win the Concacaf Champions League.

– After a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Mexico, Seattle won the home second leg 3-0 with two goals from Raul Ruidiaz and a late effort from Nicolas Lodeiro to claim a 5-2 aggregate win.

– “There are no words to describe what I’m feeling right now,” Peru striker Ruidiaz told Fox Sports.

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– “The club made history and deserved it – now enjoy it.”

– LA Galaxy were the last MLS winners of the competition, claiming victory in 2000 when it was called the Champions Cup and played under a different format.

– Seattle’s victory secured them a place at the Fifa Club World Cup and means they will become the first MLS team to play in the competition.

– The next Club World Cup will be hosted by China, but a date has not been set after it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and this winter’s 2022 World Cup.

– “The MLS deserved the continental title, and this will go down in history,” said Lodeiro.

– Concacaf is the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

– “It means everything,” said Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. “It’s a Wednesday and we’re packing this place with 68,000 people.

– “The passion is so strong in this city. I’m so happy for everybody that we’re able to achieve this for them.

– “In the end, it’s all about winning trophies. We want to win trophies, and today’s a big one.”

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