Seattle responded with exuberant delight when the Sounders separated themselves from their MLS brethren with a Wednesday night victory that thrust them into the realm of the world elites, as Times columnist Larry Stone wrote.
Along with making history for Seattle and the league, the Sounders earned $500,000 and a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup, which will likely be played in 2023. English Premier League side Chelsea FC is the reigning Club World Cup champion.
Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Lumen Field was a very big deal for the Sounders, for Seattle and for North American soccer.
Excitement was so high in the stadium it actually shook the earth, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
The happiness continued, with triumphant fans on Twitter basking in the glory.
Here’s a little sampling of the love shared after the big win:
Information from The Seattle Times archives is included in this report.