Nov 12, 2019

Sounders cement place as MLS giants

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On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC met in the MLS Cup for the third time in four years. After splitting the first two meetings, Seattle emerged victorious, winning 3-1 in front of a record-setting home crowd of 69,274.

  • Why it matters: The victory makes Seattle the sixth team in MLS history with multiple league titles, joining LA Galaxy (5), D.C. United (4), Houston Dynamo (2), San Jose Earthquakes (2) and Sporting KC (2).

The big picture: In the three years since Seattle won its first title, MLS has added four new teams — and there are lots more coming.

  • As the league continues to rapidly expand, elite clubs like the Sounders will play a pivotal role in maintaining a sense of stability, while also providing a measuring stick for expansion clubs to compare themselves against and a rubric for them to follow.

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Private equity giant Silver Lake to invest $500 million in City Football Group

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Private equity giant Silver Lake agreed to invest $500 million for just over a 10% stake in City Football Group, owner of reigning English Premier League champs Manchester City and other soccer clubs, from Abu Dhabi United Group.

Why it matters: It makes CFG, now valued at $4.8 billion, the world's most valuable soccer group.

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Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

Megan Rapinoe in a match against Mexico on May 26. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Sports Illustrated on Monday named soccer star Megan Rapinoe as its 2019 Sportsperson of the Year for her part in the United States' World Cup win and for "being a vocal activist for equality."

The big picture: Rapinoe, now the fourth woman to win the award unaccompanied, became a household name after her breakout performance in the World Cup. She also gained significant media attention after President Trump criticized her for refusing to visit the White House if the U.S. won the tournament.

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Stanford wins women's soccer title

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After 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods went scoreless, Stanford beat North Carolina on penalty kicks (5-4) to win the D-I Women's Soccer National Championship yesterday, the program's second title in three years.

Highlight: Kiara Pickett tucked the ball into the lower left corner for the game-winning penalty kick. What a moment.

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