The Sounders were awarded this season’s Heritage Cup, a two-game competition between the two only MLS clubs that retain the historic nicknames of their NASL predecessors.
They won despite splitting the season series with San Jose, each team winning on the road by identical 1-0 scores.
“I’m not quite sure how we won it,” Schmid admitted. “I thought we each won a game and the total score was 1-1. I thought we deserved it last year, so I guess we’ll take it this year.”
Seattle actually won on the tie-breaker favoring the higher-ranked team in the MLS standings.
But while all trophies are good trophies, far bigger goals loom.
The Sounders will fly Sunday from California to El Salvador where on Tuesday they will meet Metapan in the deciding game of their aggregate-score preliminary round of CONCACAF Champions League. Seattle won the opener, 1-0, last week at Qwest Field.
Seattle returns to MLS play next Sunday against Houston at Qwest Field.