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What better way to cap 2016 than with final thoughts on the MLS Cup? Will and Steve look back at the Seattle Sounders' historic win over Toronto FC, including what the title means to the club after eight years on the MLS map. They also examine Osvaldo Alonso's legacy, a boost to Stefan Frei's reputation and how Brian Schmetzer became soccer royalty in Seattle. There's also plenty of debate about which international veterans might return in 2017 and the fate of Brad Evans, plus holiday music from iconic Seattle bands The Sonics and Pearl Jam. Thanks for listening to the Sound of Soccer in 2016, we'll be back next year.

Nick Firchau

Will Parchman

Steve Zakuani

Nick Firchau is the Director of Digital Media for He previously served as a senior editor at, where he was the creator and editor of the site's longform series The Word and spent three years as the host of the ExtraTime Radio podcast. 

Will Parchman is a sports journalist with more than a half decade of experience covering MLS and the world's game. He has written for, Howler, the Pacific Standard, multiple newspapers and more.

Steve Zakuani was Seattle’s first overall selection in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, and he went on to record 17 goals and 17 assists in 97 appearances before retiring following the 2014 campaign. He now appears on the club's pre and postgame show and serves as a rotating in-game analyst.