Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders downed Pumas of Mexico City to take the 2022 Concacaf Champions League crown, the first time a U.S. team has won the trophy in its 13 years of existence.
The Sounders enjoyed an historic night Wednesday at a sold out Lumen Field, recording a 3-0 second-leg win over Pumas that sealed a 5-2 aggregate scoreline.
As regional champions, Seattle qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup, where they will lock horns with the top club sides of Europe and South America.
Seattle, which has one of the most passionate followings in the MLS, is already one of the biggest clubs in the league, but is now poised for even greater heights.
“I think we’re going to become a global club now,” said Garth Lagerwey, Seattle’s general manager.
“We’re level now with the top Mexican clubs,” Lagerwey said. “The top MLS clubs I believe can compete on any given day with anybody in Mexico, and you just couldn’t say that five years ago.”