Sounders deal with empty trophy case in 2012

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 12:04 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — For the second straight year, the Seattle Sounders' season ended prematurely because a brief breakdown in the playoffs proved too much to overcome.

This time, though, the Sounders trophy case will be completely empty for 2012, potentially leading to more changes as the most successful expansion franchise in Major League Soccer history continues to try to match its success in the stands with success on the field.

Once again, Seattle rewrote the MLS standard for running a successful franchise, averaging more than 40,000 fans per game in 2012. But they saw their run of three straight U.S. Open Cup championships end with a loss to Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 final, then couldn't overcome a three-goal deficit and lost to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.

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