Heritage Cup (MLS)

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Heritage Cup
HeritageCupLogoMLS.png
Locale Western United States
Teams
First meeting May 19, 1974 (SEA 3–1 SJ)
Latest meeting Jul. 25, 2018 (SJ 0–1 SEA)
Next meeting Oct. 28, 2018

The Heritage Cup is an annual cup rivalry between Major League Soccer (MLS) teams San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC. Both teams carried their names forward from their North American Soccer League (NASL) predecessors.

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 the 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]

Competitive matches only

NASL era[edit]

For statistical purposes, matches that went to shootouts are counted as draws.

Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance Series Ref
1974 May 19 NASL Memorial Stadium Seattle Sounders
3–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 1–0–0
June 30 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–2
Seattle Sounders
SEA 1–0–1
1975 June 21 NASL Memorial Stadium Seattle Sounders
5–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 2–0–1
July 12 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–2
Seattle Sounders
SEA 2–0–2
August 9 Memorial Stadium Seattle Sounders
1–2
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 2–1–2
1976 June 4 NASL Kingdome Seattle Sounders
1–2
San Jose Earthquakes
Tied 2–2–2
June 20 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SJ 3–2–2
1977 April 23 NASL Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–0
Seattle Sounders
SJ 4–2–2
May 21 Kingdome Seattle Sounders
0–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SJ 5–2–2
1978 April 30 NASL Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–0
Seattle Sounders
SJ 6–2–2
May 13 Kingdome Seattle Sounders
3–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SJ 6–3–2
1979 May 12 NASL Kingdome Seattle Sounders
2–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SJ 6–4–2
May 19 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
0–1
Seattle Sounders
SJ 6–5–2
1980 April 19 NASL Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
0–1
Seattle Sounders
Tied 6–6–2
May 3 Kingdome Seattle Sounders
4–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 7–6–2
1981 June 20 NASL Kingdome Seattle Sounders
1–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 8–6–2
August 8 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
3–0
Seattle Sounders
SEA 8–7–2
1982 April 11 NASL Kingdome Seattle Sounders
0–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 8–7–3
July 3 Kingdome Seattle Sounders
5–4
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 9–7–3
August 7 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–2
Seattle Sounders
SEA 10–7–3
1983 June 15 NASL Kingdome Seattle Sounders
1–1
Golden Bay Earthquakes
SEA 10–7–4
July 6 Spartan Stadium Golden Bay Earthquakes
2–2
Seattle Sounders
SEA 10–7–5
July 13 Kingdome Seattle Sounders
2–5
Golden Bay Earthquakes
SEA 10–8–5
September 3 Spartan Stadium Golden Bay Earthquakes
2–1
Seattle Sounders
SEA 10–9–5

WSA Era[edit]

Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance Series Ref
1985 July 7 WACS Memorial Stadium F.C. Seattle
3–1
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 1–0–0
August 2 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–0
F.C. Seattle
Tied 1–1–0
1986 June 27 WSA Memorial Stadium F.C. Seattle
1–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 2–1–0
August 15 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–3
F.C. Seattle
SEA 3–1–0
1987 March 21 WSA Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
3–1
Seattle Sounders
SEA 3–2–0
May 17 Memorial Stadium F.C. Seattle
3–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 4–2–0
June 7 WSA Playoffs Memorial Stadium F.C. Seattle
0–3
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 4–3–0
1988 July 1 WSA Memorial Stadium Seattle Storm
3–0
San Jose Earthquakes
SEA 5–3–0
July 17 Spartan Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–3
Seattle Sounders
SEA 6–3–0
July 30 WSA Championship Memorial Stadium Seattle Storm
5–0
San Jose Earthquakes 5,600
SEA 7–3–0

1996–2008[edit]

Results from when the two teams played each other between 1996 and 2008.

Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance Series Ref
2002 July 17 U.S. Open Cup Interbay Stadium Seattle Sounders
3–4
San Jose Earthquakes 1,275
2003 August 5 U.S. Open Cup Husky Soccer Stadium Seattle Sounders
1–0
San Jose Earthquakes 2,510

MLS era[edit]

Heritage Cup Matchdouble-dagger
Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance Series Ref
2009 April 25 MLS Qwest Field Seattle Sounders
2–0
San Jose Earthquakes 28,838
SEA 1–0–0
[8]
June 13double-dagger Qwest Field Seattle Sounders
2–1
San Jose Earthquakes 28,999
SEA 2–0–0
[9]
August 2double-dagger Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
4–0
Seattle Sounders 9,919
SEA 2–1–0
[10]
2010 May 22double-dagger MLS Qwest Field Seattle Sounders
0–1
San Jose Earthquakes 35,953
Tied 2–2–0
[11]
July 31double-dagger Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
0–1
Seattle Sounders 10,351
SEA 3–2–0
[12]
2011 April 2double-dagger MLS Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–2
Seattle Sounders 10,276
SEA 3–2–1
[13]
October 15double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
2–1
San Jose Earthquakes 64,140
SEA 4–2–1
[14]
2012 March 31 MLS CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
0–1
San Jose Earthquakes 38,458
SEA 4–3–1
June 26 U.S. Open Cup Kezar Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
0–1
Seattle Sounders 7,219
SEA 5–3–1
August 11double-dagger MLS Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–1
Seattle Sounders 10,744
SEA 5–4–1
September 22double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
1–2
San Jose Earthquakes 38,948
Tied 5–5–1
2013 March 23 MLS Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–0
Seattle Sounders 10,525
SJ 6–5–1
May 11double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
4–0
San Jose Earthquakes 38,880
Tied 6–6–1
July 13double-dagger Buck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–0
Seattle Sounders 10,525
SJ 7–6–1
2014 May 17 MLS CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
1–0
San Jose Earthquakes 49,746
Tied 7–7–1
June 24 U.S. Open Cup Starfire Sports Seattle Sounders
1–1
San Jose Earthquakes 4,023
Tied 7–7–2
August 2double-dagger MLS Levi's Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–0
Seattle Sounders 48,765
SJ 8–7–2
August 20double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
1–1
San Jose Earthquakes 38,509
SJ 8–7–3
2015 March 14 MLS CenturyLinkField Seattle Sounders
2–3
San Jose Earthquakes 39,175
SJ 9–7–3
June 20double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
0–2
San Jose Earthquakes 39,971
SJ 10–7–3
September 12double-dagger Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–1
Seattle Sounders 18,000
SJ 10–7–4
2016 May 7double-dagger MLS CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
2–0
San Jose Earthquakes 39,570
SJ 10–8–4
September 10double-dagger Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–1
Seattle Sounders 18,000
SJ 10–8–5
2017 April 8double-dagger MLS Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
1–1
Seattle Sounders 18,000
SJ 10–8–6
June 28 U.S. Open Cup Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
2–1
Seattle Sounders 13,442
SJ 11–8–6
July 23double-dagger MLS CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders
3–0
San Jose Earthquakes 43,528
SJ 11–9–6
2018 July 25double-dagger MLS Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes
0-1
Seattle Sounders 16,478
SJ 11–10–6
October 28double-dagger CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders San Jose Earthquakes

Cup winners by season[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.
2015 San Jose Earthquakes 4 1 San Jose Earthquakes win on points.
2016 Seattle Sounders FC 1 4 Seattle Sounders FC win on points.
2017 Seattle Sounders FC 1 4 Seattle Sounders FC win on points.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Bold denotes player is still able to play in competition. Updated to game played on July 23, 2017

Top goalscorers[edit]

At least two goals included in table

Scorer Club G
United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 6
Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 4
Jamaica Simon Dawkins San Jose Earthquakes 3
Uruguay Nicolas Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC 2
Nigeria Obafemi Martins Seattle Sounders FC 2
United States Lamar Neagle Seattle Sounders FC 2
United States Cristian Roldan Seattle Sounders FC 2

Top assists[edit]

At least two assists included in table

Assists Club A
United States Shea Salinas San Jose Earthquakes 4
Argentina Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 3
Trinidad and Tobago Cordell Cato San Jose Earthquakes 2
Jamaica Ryan Johnson San Jose Earthquakes 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f These matches were the determined matches to be specifically for the Heritage Cup cup competition between 2009 and 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f These matches were the determined matches to be specifically for the Heritage Cup cup competition between 2012 and 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hipps, Jay. "SSVCF unveils Heritage Cup trophy". Center Line Soccer. Retrieved June 10, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  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. 
  8. ^ "Sounders FC gets back on the winning track". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. April 25, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Sounders get back on the winning track". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. June 13, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Seattle falls to San Jose". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. August 2, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Wondo strikes early, Quakes defense does the rest". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. May 22, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Sounders FC Stays Hot With Win Over Earthquakes". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. July 31, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  13. ^ Gaschk, Matt (April 2, 2011). "Sounders Draw In San Jose". soundersfc.com. Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  14. ^ "2011-10-15: Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. October 15, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 

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