Even that headline makes my head shake a bit. Did I really just do that? This site has had extensive access to Mike Fucito through his two and a half years being attached to the Seattle Sounders, talking to him shortly after being drafted, at practices and even during road trips. What hasn't been done is admit that I founded a kind of cult following for him. Today, that kind of ended. I didn't get into the depths of the tweet meme, didn't mention the comparisons to God or Jesus. Fucito has a very practical look at the blooded eye, and so I didn't address that as Joshua Mayers just had.
Instead we started talking about the foundation of the Church
Dave Clark: I started this whole thing called the "#ChurchOfFucito" a while back, and you've seen the t-shirts [I actually haven't seen the t-shirts] The guy who made them has one that he wants to give you. [I'd love one] I was accused of being faith based, but I'd seen you practice and knew you had skills and you have a kind of cult following now. What do you think about this?
Seriously Clark, that's how you ask that question?
Mike Fucito: I think it's great. I appreciate any support that I can get. There have been times when you just have to stop and think and realize that you have support, maybe when things aren't going your way. I definitely appreciate all the support I can get. I promise in return I will leave everything I have on the field.
Did you see those last two sentences? Here's the last one again in BOLD - I promise in return I will leave everything I have on the field.
DC: Some of that support has come from your goalscoring particularly in the Champions League. What is it about what the Latin teams do defensively that you've been able to score a bit more in that tournament?
Are you trying to be normal now? After that introduction? Too late Clark.
Fucito: I think part of it has been the opportunity. I had the run of starts earlier in the year in MLS and I didn't score, but I was pretty close a couple times. With a little more luck I could have just as many goals in MLS games. I think that maybe Champions League games have come at opportune times and I was able to make the most of it. I think that since the Comunicaciones game I've gotten a lot more playing time and was finally able to break the ice in MLS play. I think I'm not done. There's going to be a lot more.
Clark: Last year, and a bit this year you've talked about the partnership you've developed with Nate Jaqua and pre-season with O'Brian White now you have an extended run with Fredy Montero. How's that been developing?
Fucito: It's been great. Our understanding is getting better every time. He's obviously so good. That pass he gave me for the first goal against Comunicaciones was so good. Not many could do that and I got a goal off it. I'd like to give him a couple more assists and I think we're going to connect a lot more and keep the scoring going.
Clark: Individual goals heading into these last two months?
Fucito: Just to try and build off every performance, keep getting better and keep putting the ball in the net.
Well, that could have gone a lot worse. Let's end with what he said to those in the Church of Fucito again.
I definitely appreciate all the support I can get. I promise in return I will leave everything I have on the field.