Friendlies don't matter, until they do. For the Seattle Sounders earning their first win over an EPL side will not matter unless they carry it into league play. But the show they put on tonight was fun. Beating West Ham United 3-nil is fairly impressive. Sure, West Ham started a reduced lineup, but so did Seattle. Both teams played B teams and later C teams.
And, for all the cynicism about friendlies, for the players they mean something. Just look at Herculez Gomez celebrating finishing the drawn penalty and then nailing it from the spot.
Herc last scored with the Sounders back in 2003. Tonight's shot from the spot mattered to him.
And Jordan Morris didn't get overwhelmed with the EPL team. He just dominated. His second goal shows just how much drive he has.
Just look at that ball from Joevin Jones. That's throughball candy.
Seattle Sounders FC have never beaten an EPL side. Tonight that ended.
It's still just a friendly, with a lower than typical crowd that must have had a blast. Because while friendlies are the bread and circuses of pro soccer, playing like this is a five-ring circus and bread made for royalty.
Everything went right.
Oalex Anderson nearly scored and Morris finished it off.
The defense was great too. Andy Carroll only played a half, but that was probably because he is afraid of Tyler Miller.
Tyler Miller: Human Wall. Miller continues to look impressive with a great save early into the 2nd half. pic.twitter.com/FbEseiXTpT— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 6, 2016
Remember, just because something "doesn't matter" doesn't mean you can't have fun. Because tonight was fun, whether you were in the stadium or watching on TV.