After suffering two defeats to the Glendale Raptors in the regular season, the Seattle Seawolves put it all together when it really counted. Playing in front of a rowdy crowd at Torero Stadium in San Diego, the Seawolves edged Glendale by a score of 23-19, capturing Major League Rugby’s “America’s Championship Shield” on Sunday, July 8. After selling out every home match this season, it almost seemed fitting that the boys from the Puget Sound would wind up with the ultimate reward. Seattle led 20-19 with less than 20 minutes to play. Following a deep run into Glendale territory, Peter Smith capped the scoring with a three-point penalty goal. The Seawolves defense held for the remaining 12 minutes, and the upset was complete. The seven-team MLR will add New York City, and possibly Los Angeles, next season, with Washington D.C. joining the league in 2020.

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