If there’s one thing we can all agree on about games being decided in penalties, it’s that it creates tons of tension. When Roman Torres’ MLS Cup-winning kick hit the back of the net, that tension was released in spectacular fashion.
This being 2016, many of you captured those celebration on video. This is our attempt to collect some of our favorites, even if it only represents a fraction of what was sent.
When we asked for videos, they came in from all over the country. There was one from a Seahawks bar in Green Bay, Wis. and we were shocked to see the size of the crowd at a New York City viewing party. We got videos of people watching the game alone and many others who were watching with friends and family.
The videos captured the raw emotion that only comes from watching a live sporting event with a very much unknown result. Seeing Richard Sherman’s fist pump gave me literal goosebumps and watching an otherwise anonymous fan nearly tear up all alone in his living room was truly moving.
In Pioneer Square, fans emptied onto the streets and marched toward CenturyLink Field. In the Roosevelt neighborhood, fans at the Atlantic Crossing were joined by Sound Wave and were high-fiving passing by cars.
No, the city did not effectively shut down the way it did after the Seahawks Super Bowl win in 2014, and today’s parade will draw only a fraction of the crowd who flooded downtown Seattle on that day, but seeing our disparate communities come together was special. This is why we soccer. Hopefully this video captures that.
Thanks to everyone who sent us videos (including links to theirs): Joseph Tant, Joe Tobiason, Megan (@indymflow), Kristel (ktel14), David, Alex Buck, Russell Wilson, The LilMcVeys, Erik Rhyne, Patrick Shalvoy, Susie Rantz, Peter Owen, @moshoz, Matt Wood, Keith Jeffery, Kristian Skjal, Gareth Etchells, Brian Schmetzer post-match, Stephen Nishikawa.