Seattle celebrates Sounders' win with parade, rally
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders celebrated their dramatic win in the MLS Cup with a victory march and rally on Tuesday.
"We are champions!" team captain and midfielder Ozzie Alonso shouted to the delight of Sounders fans at a Seattle Center rally.
The march began at 11 a.m. at Westlake Park with Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer and Alonso hoisting the MLS Cup.
The team boarded four trolleys for their march north through downtown, preceded by the Sounders band, Sound Wave. In tow were thousands of fans and members of the Emerald City Supporters waving banners, singing songs and shouting the team's chants. Players waved and signed autographs as the trolleys inched northward.
Thousands packed the streets to watch the parade, but two people got too close and were taken into custody for attempting to board the trolleys, according to Seattle Police:
At the north end of the rally, the team paused so Alonso could honor the statue of Chief Seattle near Seattle Center with an MLS championship scarf.
The parade ended at Seattle Center's Fisher Lawn where a rally was to take place with the team members.
Sounders players led the crowd in chants and songs. Defender Roman Torres, whose penalty kick won the game Saturday, danced across the stage.
Majority owner Adrian Hanauer promised that it was just the beginning of championships.
"We're finished for this year, but we're just getting started," he said at the rally.
"Let's win another!" defender Chad Marshall told the crowd.
"One is not good enough," said Sounder Brad Evans.
Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who was out for the last several months of the season with an irregular heartbeat, couldn't help but get in a dig at the rally aimed at Seattle's chief rival, the Portland Timbers. Portland won the MLS Cup last season.
"Now that we've won one Portland can't say s***," said Dempsey, using his East Texas accident to add a few syllables to that last word.