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My Utterly Unofficial Awards for Seattle-Dallas

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  • The "OOH, THAT WAS PRETTY" award to:
    Seattle Sounders.
  • You guys are proving -- with your sharp one-touch passes and your gorgeously aggressive attacking style -- that MLS doesn't have to mean ugly soccer. And for this we thank you.

    (Plus you gave Sigi the "winningest coach" record AND broke the goalless streak. Great night.)

  • The "REVENGE IS A DISH..." award to:
    FC Dallas players Dario Sala, Dax McCarty and Pablo Ricchetti, the only players still remaining from the team we so hated back in '07.
  • Seattlites have long memories, guys. In the future, don't piss us off.

    • The "Holy Toledo!" award to:
      Referee Baldomero Toledo and his band of merry men.

    Oh, Baldo. (May I call you Baldo?) I must say that after the games you've reffed previously in Seattle, I was starting to wonder if you were one of those referees. You know. The kind who are so desperate to prove they're not influenced by the home crowd that they end up making biased decisions the other way. In my mind I'd even created an award for this behavior: The "Nyah, nyah, you're not the boss of me!" award. (Aka the "Tim Weyland" award.) Which I will now save for another time, and preferably for another referee.

    Granted, nobody's perfect. But this game was about the players on the field and not about the refereeing decisions. Come back again soon.

  • The "I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE ALL GROWED UP" award to:
    Steve Zakuani. Starting regularly has been a really good thing for the Zak Attack. The more playing time he gets, the more comfortable he becomes -- and the more that Arsenal training comes through, so that it's now taking a minimum of two defenders to shut the guy down. Just a few little areas that still need work. (Like, y'know, not blasting balls into the stratosphere over open nets.) I hope we can hold onto him for a few more years so we can see how this story ends.
  • The "BUT TRULY, AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE YOU'LL THANK US," award to:
    Dallas player Jeff Cunningham.
    We saved your immortal soul by shutting you down, dude. Plus you still get the Golden Boot. You're welcome.
  • The "BRICK WALL" award to:
    Our defense. You guys are amazing.

    And plus? After last night I don't think anyone ever again will consider "dribbling straight at Leo Gonzalez" to be good strategy. For this, Leo, we'll forgive the Atiba Harris goal.

  • The "PRETTY MUCH THE COOLEST TIFO EVER" award to:
    ECS for that humongous "Sounders Forever" banner.

    The thought of what it took to make this boggles my mind, ladies and gents. Nicely done.

  • The "UMMM...TRIBUTE? WHAT TRIBUTE?!?" award to:
    Greg Vanney, Kevin Calabro and the broadcast team for not even mentioning the Charlie Davies tribute as it was going on.
  • The "I MAY HAVE TO EAT MY WORDS" award to:
    Nate Jaqua. Who was beating defenders all over the place.

    Must admit, I had my doubts about you at right midfield, Nate. (I believe my exact words were, "Whose brilliant drunken idea was that?") Another performance or two like this, though, and I will eat my words. Exhibit A: Your amazing work holding onto possession to create the opportunity for the second goal. (And well done on your goal, too.)

  • And finally, the "YOU'RE RIGHT. WE TRULY ARE AMAZING" award to the "Man" of the Match:
    Us, the fans.

    Did anybody else think, before this season, that we'd be seeing this kind of atmosphere at a soccer match in the US in our lifetimes?

    I feel thrilled and honored to have been a part of it.