In less than a week, fans will pack into CenturyLink Field to witness the MLS Cup Final in Seattle between the Sounders and Toronto FC.
Sunday afternoon’s match will be the first time the city hosts the cup final, but before that happens, the league’s famous trophy arrived in the city Tuesday to kick off the week’s festivities.
Taking the stroll off the ferry from Bainbridge Island and over to the observation deck of the Space Needle, The Phillip Anschutz trophy’s arrival signifies the start of festivities leading up to Sunday’s MLS Cup Final at CenturyLink Field.
“The city, the fan base has been waiting for this for a long time,” former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller said.
Keller said while it was great to bring the cup back to Seattle after winning in 2016, it means a little more having the chance to fight for it on your home pitch.
“Being able to finally let the support have this opportunity to host MLS Cup, I’m so proud of what the team and what the club has been able to do to get to this level,” Keller said.
It’s why die hard fans like Rick Sullivan and his son, Aiden, were at the Space Needle, because they did not want to miss the opportunity to see this trophy up close.
“We just got word of it and decided to come on down,” Sullivan said. “He happened to have a half day of school so it worked out perfect.”
Which, was pretty apparent when the cup was first brought in.
“It’s so awesome!” Aiden Sullivan said.
The Sullivans and others up at the observation deck got the chance to take pictures as the cup overlooks Mt. Rainier, downtown, and the stadium where the trophy will be waiting to see which team hoists it up come Sunday afternoon.
“Now it’s all about getting that result on Sunday and making sure that cup stays here permanently,” Keller said.
The Sounders and Toronto FC take the pitch at noon and will be broadcast live on KOMO.
This article first appeared on KOMO NEWS.