Another championship parade is set to pass through Seattle.
Fresh off their MLS Cup victory over Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders will hold their march through downtown Seattle on Tuesday morning.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Westlake Park (Fourth Avenue and Pine Street) and proceed on a set hour-long route to Seattle Center.
Players, coaches and club and academy officials will ride on trolley cars.
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After the parade, the team will hold a rally at the foot of the Space Needle — a tradition the club started back in its NASL days when it played home matches at nearby Memorial Stadium.
Again, players and coaches are expected to be in attendance, as well as Seattle mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Congressman Jim McDermott.
Earlier Monday, just two days after the Sounders defeated Toronto in a shootout to win the MLS Cup, the club began reshaping its roster for next season — and possibly beyond.
Seattle exercised contract options on eight players for next season: defenders Tony Alfaro, Oniel Fisher, Joevin Jones and Roman Torres; midfielders Brad Evans and Aaron Kovar; forward Victor Mansaray; and goalkeeper Tyler Miller.
Jones and Torres were in the starting lineup against Toronto; Evans came off the bench in extra time. All three players converted penalty kicks in the shootout.
Conversely, the club did not exercise options on 13 players, including midfielders Erik Friberg and Andreas Ivanschitz; forwards Nelson Valdez and Herculez Gomez; and defender Tyrone Mears. Friberg, Valdez and Mears all started in the championship match.
Eight players are already under contract for next season: goalkeeper and MLS Cup most valuable player Stefan Frei; defender Chad Marshall; midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Nicolas Lodeiro, Alvaro Fermandez and Cristian Roldan; and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, the MLS rookie of the year.
With the MLS Expansion Draft set for Tuesday, two players were left unprotected by the Sounders — Fisher and Fernandez.