Mario Martinez winner started with defense in the back. It was a counter sprung by a low ball to a Brad Evans run. Evans pulled enough defenders to him as he charged the box that he centered it to Fredy Montero. Montero in traffic saw the unstoppable flank move of Martinez and Mario simply volleyed to a place where Rimando could not stop it.
Ezra Hendrickson said ealier in the week "We'll take the magical goal, but we can't wait around for that." No one waited for it to happen. They made it happen. The team, working together made the magic. The Seattle Sounders FC would need to weather a beating from Real Salt Lake as defenders were pulled for attacking mids, but that one goal would be enough.
Rave Green scattered around the world no longer have the burden of a winless postseason. Instead they have victory. They make plans to be in LA on Veteran's Day and to buy tickets in the tens of thousands for the 18th. Sounders FC advance in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time and it feels good.