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Seattle’s triumph, and good riddance to Gerrard: the 2016 MLS season in review

The Sounders won the championship despite a final to forget – but plenty was worth remembering. Graham Parker reflects on another fascinating MLS year

After a long and protracted courtship, which included some translation help from his Copa America room-mate Luis Suarez, Nicolás Lodeiro arrived at Seattle Sounders in the summer. But the Uruguay international was not arriving in a typical Sounders season. Long-time head coach Sigi Schmid had been sacked days earlier with the Sounders bottom of the Western Conference, and Lodeiro could have been forgiven from looking quizzically between the brochure and the reality.

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