I would have to say that this past Saturday’s match at Columbus has become one of mine. Did they play a "beautiful" game? Absolutely not. However, with an hour and 40 minute delay due to lightning, Leo pulling a red in the 7th minute, Brad Evans pulling up with a calf strain in the 19th minute, and a bit of a scrambled line-up, we fought and we won. Over and over in my head I heard myself chanting "Come on Seattle! Fight and win!" and did they ever!
It was an anxiety creating tension filled 90 minutes in which we saw a midfield/forward fill in as a left back and another fantastic goal from a set piece. I will grant that Columbus did not show themselves to be the strongest side, but our boys played smart and did not allow many chances for them to tie up the match. Not since we pulled ahead in the second half in our March 12 victory over Tigres in CONCACAF have I felt so incredibly proud of the grit and determination that our boys showed. Being at the CLink for that victory was an amazing experience, second only to our 3peat in the USOC.
I do not think that I can quantify the matches and actually lay them out in a numerical order, as my memories do battle and constantly reorder themselves in my head. However, some of my favorite Sounders matches are:
- The inaugural match – that’s where it all started for me. I barely understood a thing that was happening on the pitch but the atmosphere was amazing and the excitement drew me in.
- The repeat win of the USOC in 2010
- The 3peat win of the USOC in 2011
- The 3-0 victory over the Timbers on October 7, 2012
- 3-1 win over Tigres in CONCACAF
Another honorable mention would be the almost 4peat of the USOC in 2012, to which my husband and I travelled. It was heartbreaking that our ref was he who should not be named! I believe that one of the clinching factors for all of these was that I was there. But, this past Saturday I was far from Columbus. That said, this city has some of the most amazing fans – and I truly believe that our boys could hear each and every one of us chanting "Come on Seattle! Fight and win!"
I guess that I could keep going, and I would, but I want to hear your favorites.