Heritage Cup (MLS)

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Heritage Cup (MLS)
HeritageCupLogoMLS.png
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.

History[edit]

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.

The 2012 MLS Season brought an unbalanced schedule for the first time since 2009. The rules to the cup therefore reverted to counting only the last two matches between the teams, the way it will be counted in any season that has an unbalanced schedule.[7]

Club namesakes[edit]

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

Results[edit]

2009[edit]

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

2010[edit]

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

2011[edit]

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

2012[edit]

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

2013[edit]

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

2014[edit]

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

Winners[edit]

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[edit]

Bold denotes player is still able to play in competition

Scorer Club G
United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 5
Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 4
England Simon Dawkins San Jose Earthquakes 3
England Darren Huckerby San Jose Earthquakes 2
United States Lamar Neagle Seattle Sounders FC 2
United States Chad Barrett Seattle Sounders FC 1
Portugal Yannick Djaló San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Brad Evans Seattle Sounders FC 1
Trinidad and Tobago Cornell Glen San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Steven Lenhart San Jose Earthquakes 1
Sweden Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
Honduras Walter Martínez San Jose Earthquakes 1
Nigeria Obafemi Martins Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 1
Argentina Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 1
Jamaica Khari Stephenson San Jose Earthquakes 1
Jamaica O'Brian White Seattle Sounders FC 1
Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC 1


Assists Club A
United States Shea Salinas San Jose Earthquakes 4
Argentina Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 3
Jamaica Ryan Johnson San Jose Earthquakes 2
Cuba Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC 1
Mexico Rafael Baca San Jose Earthquakes 1
Honduras Victor Bernardez San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Bobby Burling San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Servando Carrasco Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Bobby Convey San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Brad Evans Seattle Sounders FC 1
Sweden Erik Friberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Alan Gordon San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Eddie Johnson Seattle Sounders FC 1
France Sebastian Le Toux Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Steven Lenhart San Jose Earthquakes 1
Sweden Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 1
Nigeria Obafemi Martins Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Brandon McDonald San Jose Earthquakes 1
Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Lamar Neagle Seattle Sounders FC 1
The Gambia Sanna Nyassi Seattle Sounders FC 1
United States Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 1
El Salvador Ramon Sanchez San Jose Earthquakes 1
United States Tommy Thompson San Jose Earthquakes 1
Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC 1

References[edit]

  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. 

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