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Do Seattle Sounders have what it takes to win MLS Cup in 2020?

The new MLS season kicks off in late February and defending champions Seattle Sounders will be looking to win their 3rd title in 5 years.

The team plays its home matches at CenturyLink field based right in the middle of the city. It's a stadium which is shared with the Seahawks NFL franchise. Its 72,000 capacity makes it one of the largest stadiums in MLS.

Backed by a notoriously vociferous crowd, the Sounders share their city with world renowned corporations such as Starbucks, Boeing and Microsoft. Their relationship with the computer giant goes back a long way with Microsoft's Xbox sponsoring the Sounders' shirts for a number of seasons - great to know if you're looking for training certifications such as Microosft MTA 98-365 Exam Dumps.

Last season was a memorable one for Seattle. The club finished the regular season 2nd in the Western Conference, a massive 16 points behind runaway winners LA FC but good enough to advance them to the end of season play-offs. Their regular season record of 16 wins from 34 matches with a goal difference of only +2 gave fans hope of MLS Cup glory, rather than expectation.

The Sounders scraped past 7th placed FC Dallas in an entertaining 4-3 victory after extra time. The game looked to be heading to penalties until striker Jordan Morris netted his 3rd goal of the game with 7 minutes of extra time remaining. Next for Seattle came a fairly uneventful 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake which set up a conference final trip to LA FC.

After racing away with the Western Conference, LA were highly fancied to make it through to MLS Cup final, making Seattle the underdogs, especially as they were playing away from CenturyLink Field. Despite falling behind early on, Seattle rallied scoring 3 goals without further reply to run out 3-1 winners. Over in the east, Toronto overcame Atlanta United away from home to set up a replay for the 2016 and 2017 finals - Toronto vs Seattle.

Seattle had first blood, winning the 2016 MLS Cup on penalties. A year later, Toronto won 2-0. Seattle's better regular season record saw them claim home advantage and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock 12 minutes after the interval. 2 further goals in the second half saw the Sounders race into a 3-0 lead before Toronto pulled a goal back in injury time. It was too little, too late for the Canadians though as Seattle won their 2nd MLS Cup in 4 years.

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