Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, Seattle Sounders fans!
So… 2017 kinda sucked. Which is weird to say considering the Sounders were, unquestionably, the best team in the West, and roared through the playoffs before losing the Cup to a historically dominant opponent in TFC.
However. Seattle does not want to be a fine MLS club, they want to be a world-class soccer powerhouse. I just don’t know if they got closer to the TFC benchmark over the course of last season.
In fact, Toronto miiiight be the team that is apotheosizing into a superclub (though don’t get me started on that “domestic treble” crap. The Canadian Championship is a pale imitation of the US Open Cup. Seriously wiki it. Seriously. Five teams compete for this ersatz “Cup” thing: Ottawa, Edmonton and the 3 MLS sides. I know it’s a wee country, but c’mon, calling this a treble is kind a joke. #iamnotbitter)
Regardless of whether the Sounders continue their ascent to the North American soccer stratosphere, 2018 is upon us. We are only 6 weeks and change away from the Sounders first game of 2018, the CCL match against Santa Tecla of EL Salvador (and doing well in that tournament is the next big Goliath to slay). Casting the narratives of the 2018 Season has also already begun: a new fullback, a cheesed off Ozzie, an intriguing new villain and Preki. Oh my.
Big new changes are afoot here at Raving Green!
Posts will be few and far between during this offseason. I won’t be quietly waiting for the CCL to kick off, but rather am developing an overhaul of the site. I can no longer pretend I’ll ever get back to publishing six posts a week, so I am overthrowing the blog completely. Stay tuned!
Lastly, Happy New Years Sounders fans!