Heritage Cup (MLS)

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Heritage Cup
HeritageCupLogoMLS.png
LocaleWestern United States
Teams
First meetingMay 19, 1974 (SEA 3–1 SJ)
Latest meetingOct. 28, 2018 (SJ 1–2 SEA)
Next meetingApril 24, 2019

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 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes 42,617 Tied 11-11–6
2019 April 24double-dagger MLS CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders 2–2 San Jose Earthquakes 37,722 Tied 11-11–7
September 29double-dagger Avaya Stadium San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders

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.
2018 Seattle Sounders FC 0 6 Seattle Sounders FC win on points.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Bold denotes player is still able to play in competition. Updated through game played on April 24, 2019

Top goalscorers[edit]

At least two goals included in table

Scorer Club G
United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 7
Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 4
Jamaica Simon Dawkins San Jose Earthquakes 3
Peru Raúl Ruidíaz Seattle Sounders FC 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
United States Shea Salinas San Jose Earthquakes 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 3
Uruguay Nicolas Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC 3
Argentina Pérez García San Jose Earthquakes 2
Jamaica Ryan Johnson San Jose Earthquakes 2
United States Cristian Roldan Seattle Sounders FC 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. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  6. ^ http://forum.vancouversouthsiders.ca/index.php?p=/discussion/243/heritage-cup-our-position
  7. ^ "Heritage Cup Rules". Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. 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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