“Obviously, winning MLS Cup is nice, but it’s time to put Seattle up there with the great teams,” Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan said.
“We need to do that by winning Supporters’ Shield next year and getting back to the final again.
“It’s important that we not only go for MLS Cup trophies, but Supporters’ Shield and Open Cup.”
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei paid tribute to their supporters.
“They are part of our DNA,” he said. “You work hard, you put in that sweat, effort, tears, the money, and everything the fans put in home and away, it is part of the DNA we have as players too.”
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley said Seattle had become a real soccer city.
“Obviously, this city has a good connection with this team,” Bradley said. “There is some history here. We all have respect for the club and what they have built here.” (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford )