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Brian Schmetzer could make Champions League history with Seattle Sounders

Lizzy Becherano
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer is set to make history after leading the MLS side to their first ever CCL final.
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer is set to make history after leading the MLS side to their first ever CCL final. / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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The Seattle Sounders defeated New York City FC 4-2 on aggregate to reach the Concacaf Champions League for the first time ever. 

The Major League Soccer side now faces Liga MX’s Pumas UNAM in a two-legged series on April 27 and May 4, with the first match set for Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City before culminating at Seattle’s Lumen Field. 

Head coach Brian Schmetzer has one goal now: bringing the trophy home to MLS to make history. 

“It's a trophy that the club certainly covets. I think that's something that we have made public. I think Garth Lagerwey, Seattle’s president, when he came here, said it was a goal of ours," he said.

"The constant theme throughout this club, the culture of the club, is to win every game, every trophy, every competition. We take all the games seriously. We don't buy the excuse where if you commit to one tournament, you can’t proceed or do well in the other. We don't buy that.

The journey to the finals was not easy for the Seattle side, defeating Motagua before overcoming Club Leon and holding down NYCFC. But now, the Sounders have the very real chance of becoming the first American side to win the Champions League.

Four Major League Soccer teams have previously reached the final of the international tournament, but all succumbed to their Liga MX opponent. 

“We want to be part of history. We want to be the first team to win Champions League, the first MLS team,” had said Cristian Roldan after Seattle’s quarterfinal defeat of Club León. 

“One way or another, there's going to be an MLS team in the final. That just makes us really proud and hopefully we get a lot of support from our people in the States.”

But Pumas will be a difficult opponent after the Liga MX side proved their capacity when overturning a 3-0 defeat against the New England Revolution into a global tally of 4-3. They also triumphed over Cruz Azul and Deportivo Saprissa to reach the final. 

The upcoming two-legged final will mark the first ever meeting between the two clubs. 

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