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:
Well done on this beauty @WeAreECS / @ECSTifo!— Sounders North (@SoundersNorth) June 17, 2015
(Photo courtesy @MissJMontgomery) #SEAvPOR #USOC2015 pic.twitter.com/HaYF4aCYIr
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:
Wait! No, I’d already moved to the other corner of the field. But check out the bottom corner of this photo! (My only one from the night??) pic.twitter.com/J6PjiiIsoL— Ryan Schroeder (@rschroed) June 13, 2017
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:
There’s your star of the match. pic.twitter.com/RQLa3LsJrp— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 17, 2015
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:
Pure comedy gold in this #SEAvPOR game. I have never seen anything like this. #11v7— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) June 17, 2015
In cartoon form
This was obviously in the aftermath but still worth sharing:
What will Sunil do? #soundersvstimbers,#Sounders,#usmnt,#dempsey,#counterattack,#xmfc pic.twitter.com/bCbMZb4uiw— Brian Barkey (@bpbarkey) June 17, 2015
We surely missed some great moments. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments.