In another tight contest between the two sides the Sounders moved on after beating Salt Lake 1-nil at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.
It was not a monkey, it was a dragon that breathed diamonds and the finely placed shot of Mario Martinez put the Seattle Sounders past the beasts that haunted them for three years. Martinez shot from the left flank was set-up by a strong Brad Evans run and a well placed pseudo-cross by Fredy Montero. It found the small weakness in Nick Rimando's strong game and put the beast to bed.
Like all matches (but the 2011 Playoffs) it was a tight contest. Defensive efforts certainly outweighed those on offense. Both keepers were the story. Rimando's first half was as good as his 90 in Seattle. Michael Gspurning was the man of the second half as his saves were key to the win.
Martinez will go down as a Sounders legend as he found the weakness in the Rimando beast. But he was not the only strong performer, nor is his the only legend. Tiffert joined the zombies in Rave Green. Gspurning was beautiful. The stories of the evening will be told for years. It was a match that relieved pressure from the minds of the fans.
Whatever it takes.
It is a match that allows the following press release to be sent out;
Sounders FC Western Conference Championship Tickets On Sale Now
Second leg to be played at CenturyLink Field on November 18
RENTON, Wash. - Tickets for the Seattle Sounders FC Western Conference Championship match on November 18 at CenturyLink Field are now on sale through SoundersFC.com or by calling 800-745-3000
Seattle will host the LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast on ESPN.
Sounders FC will play the LA Galaxy in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center on Sunday, November 11 at 6 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast on ESPN.
Visit www.SoundersFC.com for the most up-to-date playoff match information and activities.
There are many paths to victory.
Seattle found theirs. Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we prepare for the next beast.