The rumors had been floating, and now it's official.
"I think that's great," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "We'd love to be in it. It shows that Seattle has jumped ahead of a lot of people just because of the response of the fans. I think MLS Cup coming here is really a tribute to the interest that the city has shown and what the fans have done by getting behind this team and supporting it. It's almost like a thank you to the fans to be able to witness and watch a showcase game. Our objective, even though we're an expansion team, is to find our way into that game if at all possible."
Here's the release from MLS:
Seattle Sounders FC and the passionate soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest will host Major League Soccer's premier event, MLS Cup 2009, at Qwest Field on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. PT (live on ESPN).
Even before their debut match in Major League Soccer, Seattle Sounders FC already have attracted a large fan base. The club has sold more than 20,000 season ticket packages, which now include a ticket to MLS Cup 2009, the League's 14th annual championship game. Seattle kicks off its inaugural season on March 19 in the opening game of the 2009 Regular Season.
"The city of Seattle and Qwest Field will be a tremendous setting for our country's marquee soccer event of the year," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. "The stadium was designed with soccer in mind and we believe the buzz surrounding Sounders FC will add to the electricity at our championship game. We hope to see supporters clubs from all around the League join us in the Emerald City in November, regardless of which two teams advance to the final."
Qwest Field will become the eighth stadium to host Major League Soccer's championship game. Qwest Field is quickly becoming one of the nation's premier soccer venues as the stadium has hosted numerous large-scale soccer events including exhibition matches for the national teams of Brazil, China, Mexico, Canada, and Venezuela, as well as exhibitions for some of the world's top clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Celtic and Chelsea FC. Qwest Field also was a host venue for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and will serve as a host venue for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"This is a tremendous honor and reward for our season ticket holders and an added incentive for our coaches and players," said majority owner Joe Roth.
MLS Cup is the pinnacle of professional soccer in the United States, as a nearly eight-month long journey ends with one team being crowned the champions of Major League Soccer. In 2008, the Columbus Crew captured their first MLS Cup championship at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., by defeating the New York Red Bulls 3-1.
For more information about MLS Cup tickets, fans should call Seattle Sounders FC for details at 877-MLS-GOAL or visit www.soundersfc.com.
MLS CUP SITES
MLS Cup 2009 – Qwest Field (Seattle, Wash.)
MLS Cup 2008 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2007 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 2006 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
MLS Cup 2005 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
MLS Cup 2004 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2003 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2002 – Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
MLS Cup 2001 – Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
MLS Cup 2000 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 1999 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
MLS Cup 1998 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
MLS Cup 1997 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 1996 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)