RHIR Sweepstakes Winners from Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders FC Celebrate 2019 MLS Cup


The 2019 Major League Soccer season ended with a thrilling MLS Cup™ in front of a sold-out crowd that cheered on the home team to a 3-1 victory on Sunday November 10, 2019. Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC squared off for the third time in four years for the MLS Cup title. Lucky and responsible fans representing Toronto FC and Sounders FC were at the game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle as the grand prize winners of the  “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes.

Patty Sherman, Seattle Sounders FC Responsible Fan for the Season from Anacortes, WA, and Justin Chee, Toronto FC Responsible Fan for the Season from Markham, Ontario, were selected as the grand prize winner of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes when the Sounders and Toronto FC won their way to the 2019 MLS Cup™.  Click here for complete sweepstakes rules.

The sweepstakes is in its 15th season, provided by TEAM Coalition with support from Major League Soccer.  It continues to succeed in raising awareness for the designated driver and responsible fan programs offered by MLS clubs.

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In advance of MLS Cup, TEAM Coalition offered fans an opportunity to autograph the responsibility wall and smile for a souvenir photo at the Soccer Celebration. A total of 257 soccer fans made the pledge to prevent drunk driving and to be responsible at MLS Cup. The 109 photos taken outside CenturyLink Field before the game were viewed a total of 241 times.

Supporting TEAM Coalition is a no-brainer for Major League Soccer. Alcohol management is an important part of our league security plan and the security plans of all 24 Clubs. TEAM Coalition’s training program and the Responsibility Has Its Rewards program make our events safer and more secure for all attending and supporting soccer, thereby improving the game day experience for all our guests.<span class="su-quote-cite">Jeff Stonebreaker, Vice President of Operations & Security with Major League Soccer</span>
The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign with Major League Soccer is a direct result of the commitment from the League, the MLS clubs, sponsors, concessionaires and all the campaign partners. Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins.<span class="su-quote-cite">Jill Kiefer, Executive Director, TEAM Coalition</span>
Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and was founded in 1996 after the USA hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. MLS kicked off its 24th season on March 2, 2019 with 24 Clubs. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com. 
TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition members and supporters include Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Americrown, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Brands, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, Lyft, National Association of Broadcasters, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information visit www.TEAMCoalition.org or www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org.


  • In 2018, 10,511 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an decrease of 3.6% from the 10,908 fatalities in 2017.
  • Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
  • Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.

(L to R): Patty Sherman, Seattle Sounders Responsible Fan for the Season; Justin Chee, Toronto FC Responsible Fan for the Season; Jeff Stonebreaker, Vice President of Safety and Security for MLS; Kyle Kempinski, Senior Coordinator, Operations for MLS;  Kevin Ross, Senior Event Manager for TEAM Coalition