On the final day of the regular season, ESPN’s Five Thirty Eight forecast model gave the Sounders a 4% chance of lifting the MLS Cup. Meanwhile, LAFC had 74% odds of making the final — which they didn’t because the Sounders knocked them out of the playoffs — and 53% odds to win it all.
“Yes, maybe we didn’t have a season like LAFC, but we’re hoisting the trophy,” Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. “Honestly, in the end I could care less how pretty we play. Screw possession and all those other stats. We got another star and that’s all that matters.”