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Response to player apologies reminds us of the good side of social media

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There was virtually unanimous support for Osvaldo Alonso and Will Bruin.

As disappointed as we all were with Thursday’s loss, it almost goes without saying that the players felt it even more viscerally. It’s possible no two players felt worse than Osvaldo Alonso and Will Bruin, the two Seattle Sounders who missed their penalties in the decisive shootout.

Both went so far as to issue apologies on Twitter.

As depressing as social media can be sometimes, the responses were anything but. Of the nearly 1,000 responses to those tweets, virtually all were supportive.

There were fans thanking them:

There were fans picking them up:

And there were gifs. Lots of gifs:

The responses served as a bit of a reminder: As frustrating as this season was at times, there was always a community of passionate fans who want to feel good about the team and players they root for.