In this gif, I breakdown Portland's main game strategy which I dub "Porter Tennis":
(Gif shortened for time constraints and sleepiness factor.)
Here is where I make a joke about a Seattle sports team getting all the way within a yard of the goal and being able to punch it in for the score. Too soon?
My favorite part of that gif is how basically 6 defenders are all focused on the ball and Dempsey.
Secondary angle. Great run by Rose too:
Things I learned: an anagram of Clint Dempsey is "Spliced my net." Anyhoo.... Portland GK Adam Kwarasey will probably relive this as much as when Clint scored against him the World Cup.
Clint breaks out the smelling salts:
Stefan Frei had to make a few nervy saves. He was solid as the Swiss Alps (I'm here all week):
I've watched this multiple times and I'm convinced he does get fingertips on it:
The Dempsey train was at full steam on this night. Love seeing the hustle:
Lamar Neagle continues getting good looks. More goals will come:
Our defense had a pretty solid evening. Zach Scott and Brad Evans pretty much had it on lock down in the center of the defense, both even showing the ability to out leap 9-foot tall* Fernando Adi for headers:
(*not actually 9 feet tall)
Pappa shows us a magic trick:
Sounders owner Drew Carey is feeling the ECS vibe:
Obafemi Martins shows world class camera bombing technique: