With S2 having such a heavy contingent of Seattle-area natives, it should come as little surprise that the players are well-versed in Sounders lore. Still, we’d never really seen that familiarity play out in a particularly notable way on the field.
That changed on Thursday when Sounders Academy product Sam Rogers scored a go-ahead goal at Providence Park. After pounding home the header, Rogers found teammate Zach Mathers and they recreated Roger Levesque’s “Timber” celebration from the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. S2 went on to win 2-1.
To be fair, neither Mathers nor Rogers came particularly close to performing the celebration at the level of the 2009 vintage. Mathers only mimics a single, chest-high, swing and Rogers allows his knees to buckle a bit, somewhat softening the impact.
In the original, Nate Jaqua took several healthy hacks at the lower extremities and Levesque went down with legs together and knees locked.
But, this is what S2 is for: Perfecting ways to mock the Timbers.