Sounders fans ready for MLS Cup showdown with Toronto
TORONTO - Excitement is building in Seattle as the Sounders FC get ready to take on Toronoto FC in the Major League Soccer Cup on Saturday for the first time in club history.
"I'm not worried about it to be honest," said Sounders fan Joshua Van Dyk, who made the trip to Toronto to see the game. "I've made the trip down to Portland and up to Vancouver and the Sounders' supporters are going to be out there in mass and we're going to be behind our boys all game long up until we raise the trophy here in Toronto."
"It's going to be a match to remember for the ages," said Sounders fan Jerry Neil.
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Many players told KOMO Sports on Friday, they appreciate the enthusiasm from the Emerald City Supporters.
"I think that's all they talk about, the fans you know, that's what it means to them," said Sounders FC Defender Tyrone Mears. "We got 50 you know sometimes 60,000 at our place so they're passionate about soccer you know they want an MLS Cup."
"It's my first go-around at a MLS Cup, it's impressive," said Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. "But, from an organizational perspective I'm very proud of our team. Then guys down in Pioneer Square have done a really good job of you know, keeping 40 plus thousand fans there."
"300 something games in the making to make it here and so it's a great occasion, a great venue," said Sounders FC Defender Brad Evans.
Seattle has allowed only three goals in five playoff matches, and Sounders FC Goalie Stefan Frei has been responsible for three shutouts.
"This is as big as it gets, so I don't think I need to put anymore pressure on the situation. I'm really excited to have a chance to play in the final tomorrow," said Frei.
Ex-Sounders coach Sigi Schmid will be among those in the stand watching his former team.
"I think Sigi being here is a really nice thing because he's been instrumental in paving the way to get to this point," said Frei. "As much as he's not the coach right now, he deserves some credit for sure."
But fans and players are in for a cold night. Temperatures are expected below freezing when the game starts at 5 p.m., and it seems unlikely to get any warmer after that.
"If it holds up like this it'll be a great night. The field is ok for the conditions, as long as it's not frozen there's no excuses," said Evans.
"I've been here before, when the wind comes off the lake and it can swirl and do its own thing," said Frei. "So for one we have to treat every ball with the utmost respect."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.