Last Night's Massive Sounders-Timbers Match Featured A Tifo Worthy Of The Occasion

Seattle dispatched rivals Portland 3-0 before a crowd of 66,452 at CenturyLink Field last night, retaining the Cascadia Cup in the Emerald City for at least a few more weeks and leading coach Sigi Schmid to respond, "This is what heaven must be like."

Schmid's face featured prominently in a pre-match tifo that rivaled the best Europe could offer, the crowd (second in attendance only to an L.A.-New York match in 1996 at the Rose Bowl) spurring their Sounders on and maintaining the team's undefeated record when playing before crowds of more than 40,000.

Maybe that's no match for the 100,000 in attendance for Sunday's earlier El Clásico, but it's an impressive number for American soccer. It capped off a big weekend for MLS, one in which Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski achieved a hat trick, giving him 25 goals on the season—within two of the MLS record of 27 set back in 1996.