In the buildup to Wednesday’s big game, the home leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mexico’s Santos Laguna, coach Sigi Schmid was asked if the CCL was the most prestigious trophy the Sounders will play for this season.
Here was his response:
“It’s the most prestigious cup any MLS team competes for,” Schmid said. “MLS Cup is certainly an important championship — you always want to win your country’s championship — as is Supporters Shield, as is the U.S. Open Cup. But if you can win the championship of your confederation, if you can be the champions of that group, if you can lay claim to the title that says, ‘Hey, we’re the best team from Canada all the way through Panama,’ you know that’s something that’s pretty special and pretty unique.”
The coach was also asked what he remembers from watching Real Salt Lake’s run to the CCL final last year, where the MLS team lost to Monterrey of Mexico.
“We were proud of what they were doing and happy to support what they were doing,” said Schmid. “Hopefully all the MLS teams will be supporting what ourselves and the Galaxy are trying to do, and Toronto as an MLS team, but for sure we want to support the American teams. It’s something that represents our league well, and for sure to do well in the competition — just like RSL did in the competition last year — ends up being a good thing our league and a good thing for MLS and our recognition in the world of soccer.”