At this time last year, Seattle was actively looking to trade Ozzie Alonso. But no club in the league was willing to break the bank for him, and he returned to the Sounders in 2016 with a point to prove.
Fair to say, it’s been proven. Alonso had a sensational year, and, as usual, he was all over the place in the final. An added bonus? He helped deny an old nemesis, Will Johnson, what would have been his third MLS Cup.
10. Zach Scott Goes Out On Top
Mr. Sounder himself, Zach Scott, with the club since 2002, will retire a champion.
Scott didn’t get on the field Saturday night, but that won’t matter much to him. This was a player who, early in his career, plied his trade with the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Now, he’s going out an MLS Champion. An American soccer story if there ever was one.