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Heritage Cup (MLS)

Heritage Cup (MLS)
Founded 2009
Number of teams 2
Current champions San Jose Earthquakes
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s) San Jose Earthquakes (3 titles)
Seattle Sounders FC (3 titles)
Website Heritage Cup official website

The Heritage Cup is an annual cup rivalry between Major League Soccer (MLS) teams named after their markets' North American Soccer League (NASL) predecessors. It currently includes the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Club namesakes 2
  • Results 3
    • 2009 3.1
    • 2010 3.2
    • 2011 3.3
    • 2012 3.4
    • 2013 3.5
    • 2014 3.6
  • Winners 4
  • Statistical leaders 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The Heritage Cup trophy was conceived and designed by San Jose Earthquakes fan Rob Stevenson and was commissioned by San Jose's Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation in collaboration with Seattle supporters.[1] The competition began in 2009 when the expansion Seattle Sounders FC began play, becoming the second MLS team named after their NASL counterpart — the San Jose Earthquakes having been the first.[2]

San Jose and Seattle did have a rivalry while playing in the NASL. However, it did not completely resurface during the 2009 season with fans of both teams viewing other clubs as bigger rivals.[3] That season, the first MLS meeting of the teams was not considered for the competition due to the schedule consisting of two games in Seattle and only one in San Jose. Seattle won the initial meeting at home 2–0 and the second 2–1. The San Jose Earthquakes won the inaugural cup on goals scored after a 4–0 home victory on August 2, 2009.[4]

Present and future MLS teams that carry on the name of their market's NASL predecessors are eligible to join the competition. However, when the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC became eligible to compete for the cup upon joining the league in 2011, both teams' supporters elected not to participate.[2][5][6] They left open the possibility of joining if a couple of additional eligible teams join the MLS, thereby better differentiating Heritage Cup from the Cascadia Cup.

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Club namesakes

Major League Soccer North American Soccer League
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders

Results

2009

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
Qwest Field June 13 1 2 Report
Buck Shaw Stadium August 2 4 0 Report

2010

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
Qwest Field May 22 1 0 Report
Buck Shaw Stadium July 31 0 1 Report

2011

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
Buck Shaw Stadium April 2 2 2 Report
CenturyLink Field October 15 1 2 Report

2012

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
Buck Shaw Stadium August 11 2 1 Report
CenturyLink Field September 22 2 1 Report

2013

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
CenturyLink Field May 11 0 4 Report
Buck Shaw Stadium July 13 1 0 Report

2014

Venue Date San Jose Score Seattle Score Report
Levi's Stadium August 2 1 0 Report
CenturyLink Field August 20 1 1 Report

Winners

Year Winner SJ Points SEA Points Notes
2009 San Jose Earthquakes 3 3 San Jose Earthquakes win 5–2 on aggregate.
2010 Seattle Sounders FC 3 3 Seattle Sounders FC win based on MLS standings position after 1-1 tie on aggregate.
2011 Seattle Sounders FC 1 4 Seattle Sounders FC win on points.
2012 San Jose Earthquakes 6 0 San Jose Earthquakes win on points.
2013 Seattle Sounders FC 3 3 Seattle Sounders FC win 4–1 on aggregate.
2014 San Jose Earthquakes 4 1 San Jose Earthquakes win on points.

Statistical leaders

Bold denotes player is still able to play in competition
Scorer Club G
Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 5
Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 4
Simon Dawkins San Jose Earthquakes 3
Darren Huckerby San Jose Earthquakes 2
Lamar Neagle Seattle Sounders FC 2
Chad Barrett Seattle Sounders FC 1
Yannick Djaló San Jose Earthquakes 1
Brad Evans Seattle Sounders FC 1
Cornell Glen San Jose Earthquakes 1
Steven Lenhart San Jose Earthquakes 1
Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
Walter Martínez San Jose Earthquakes 1
Obafemi Martins Seattle Sounders FC 1
Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 1
Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 1
Khari Stephenson San Jose Earthquakes 1
O'Brian White Seattle Sounders FC 1
Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC 1

Assists Club A
Shea Salinas San Jose Earthquakes 4
Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 3
Ryan Johnson San Jose Earthquakes 2
Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC 1
Rafael Baca San Jose Earthquakes 1
Victor Bernardez San Jose Earthquakes 1
Bobby Burling San Jose Earthquakes 1
Servando Carrasco Seattle Sounders FC 1
Bobby Convey San Jose Earthquakes 1
Brad Evans Seattle Sounders FC 1
Erik Friberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
Alan Gordon San Jose Earthquakes 1
Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC 1
Eddie Johnson Seattle Sounders FC 1
Sebastian Le Toux Seattle Sounders FC 1
Steven Lenhart San Jose Earthquakes 1
Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
Obafemi Martins Seattle Sounders FC 1
Brandon McDonald San Jose Earthquakes 1
Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 1
Lamar Neagle Seattle Sounders FC 1
Sanna Nyassi Seattle Sounders FC 1
Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 1
Ramon Sanchez San Jose Earthquakes 1
Tommy Thompson San Jose Earthquakes 1
Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC 1

References

  1. ^ Hipps, Jay. "SSVCF unveils Heritage Cup trophy". Center Line Soccer. Retrieved June 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Romero, Jose (June 10, 2009). "Let the Heritage Cup competition begin|9". Soccer Silicon Valley (The Seattle Times Company). Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ Ruiz, Don (May 22, 2010). "Heritage Cup? Sounders simply want to beat Earthquakes". The News Tribune. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gashk, Matt. "Seattle Falls To San Jose". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ Dittfurth, Garrett. "On the Heritage Cup". Timbers Army Blogs. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://forum.vancouversouthsiders.ca/index.php?p=/discussion/243/heritage-cup-our-position
  7. ^ "Heritage Cup Rules". Retrieved August 12, 2012. 

External links

  • MLS Heritage Cup official website
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