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Trash cans to tifo: Some of the ‘best’ overlooked moments of the Red Card Wedding

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It was two years ago when the Sounders went into full meltdown mode.

Looking back on the night of June 16, 2015, it remains a surreal experience. That there were three red cards, that the game finished 7-v-11 and that Clint Dempsey ripped up a referee’s notebook are the elements we likely all remember best.

Those things by themselves would have been enough to make this one of the most memorable games in American soccer history. But there were so many more other little moments that added to the lore of the Red Card Wedding.

With the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers set to face one another at Starfire Sports Complex for the first time since that night, now seems like a good time to recall some of the more overlooked moments from that game that if they had happened on any other night would have been things of legend on their own:

U.S. Open Cup tifo

OK, maybe this wasn’t exactly a “legendary” tifo, but the Charlie Brown-inspired choreo was pretty good:

Yes, that’s a trash can

Although the official feed of the game did catch the trash can on the field, this fan-made video from the stands shows the whole sequence. Not only can you see the Timbers counting the Sounders to make sure there were enough to play, but you can see play restarting before anyone moved the trash can:

Sigi watching from the corner

Although he was suspended for comments he made afterward about wanting to choke referee Daniel Radford, Sigi Schmid wasn’t actually kicked out of this game. He did, however, watch the final 10 minutes or so from the corner flag:

Police escort referees off field

Not sure I’ve seen this happen in the United States before, but the referees were surrounded by law enforcement officers as they exited the pitch:

Benny weighs in

There were surely countless Tweets from notable soccer people that night but Benny Feilhaber’s probably best encapsulates the emotion of that night:

In cartoon form

This was obviously in the aftermath but still worth sharing:

We surely missed some great moments. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments.