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Sounders will re-air some classic matches; we have some suggestions

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MLS Cup final will be re-aired on JOEtv tonight!

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With no live soccer being played for the foreseeable future, the Seattle Sounders are doing what only makes sense: re-airing some classic games. The original broadcast will be shown on JOEtv, starting on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and then each Saturday for the foreseeable future. Each broadcast will be accompanied by a livestream on Twitter that has new commentary provided by various personalities. The games will also be available to watch on SoundersFC.com.

“During this unprecedented time, we have been challenged to think creatively and innovatively in how to connect with our community,” Sounders FC President of Business Operations Peter Tomozawa said in a team statement. “Our goal is to bring this amazing Rave Green community a chance to come together while apart, cheering on and reliving — or perhaps experiencing for the first time — the joy of some of the club’s best moments.”

The list of games currently scheduled for re-airing is mostly what you’d expect. The first game will be last year’s MLS Cup Final (Saturday), followed by the 2014 regular-season finale in which the Sounders clinched the Supporters’ Shield (March 28), and last year’s Western Conference final against LAFC (April 11). But the fourth game is a bit of a head-scratcher: Clint Dempsey’s home debut in front of a record crowd at CenturyLink Field (April 4). The Sounders won that game 1-0 over the Portland Timbers and it was certainly an important game, but it wasn’t exactly entertaining or a “classic” in any obvious sense.

The Sounders will also be allowing fans to vote on which other games they’d like to see. In 11-plus seasons, there’s no shortage of games to pick from. So, we thought we’d narrow it down with a few suggestions in no particular order.

Kasey Keller’s last match

The Sounders headed into the final two games of the 2011 regular season with their place in the standings basically assured. They were too far behind the Galaxy to catch them for the Supporters’ Shield, and far enough ahead of the third place team in the West to not really worry. But it was well known at that point that it would be Kasey Keller’s final regular-season home game, and to help send him off right, the tarps were removed for the first time. More than 64,000 packed into CenturyLink Field.

With about 25 minutes left in the game and the Sounders trailing 1-0, Keller provided an amazing moment when he made a quadruple save to keep it close. The Sounders would eventually grab a late equalizer and an even later game-winner.

The first MLS game

I have no doubt this will be one of the games the Sounders eventually re-air, but it’s worth discussing anyway. More than 32,000 showed up for a spectacle quite unlike anything MLS had ever seen as the expansion Sounders easily dispatched the reigning MLS Cup finalists 3-0. Fredy Montero scored a brace, Brad Evans added another and it was a party from beginning until end.

The epic comeback win over D.C. United

Rarely had the Sounders ever looked as bad as they did in falling behind D.C. United 3-0 on July 19, 2017. Through 50 minutes, they looked completely out of it, seemingly destined to continue an uninspiring summer. But almost immediately after Lloyd Sam scored to give United their third goal, Will Bruin struck back to make it 3-1 and before the 80th minute the Sounders were actually ahead 4-3. It turned out to be the first time a MLS team had ever fallen behind 3-0 and won the game. Earlier that year, the Sounders had tied a MLS record by erasing a 3-0 record to earn a point.

Clint Dempsey’s hat trick against the Timbers

If you want to replay one Sounders-Timbers game, it should probably be their April 5, 2014 encounter in Portland. The Timbers erased an early Sounders goal to take leads of 2-1 and 4-2 only to see the Sounders come roaring back both times. Along the way, Dempsey scored a hat trick, including a penalty in the 87th minute that came just two minutes after his second goal of the game. Combined, they were the first three of nine goals he’d score in his career against the Timbers.

Sounders do it, again

The Sounders actually played at Portland twice in 2014 and the second meeting was even more entertaining ... for us. Dempsey scored again — on a lung-busting run that was nearly the length of the field — while Obafemi Martins scored two, including a nearly impossible-to-believe spin move at the top of the box.

The Clint-and-Oba show

If you want one game that perfectly showcasing the majesty of the Clint-and-Oba show, you’ll want to watch the game they played against the Colorado Rapids on April 26, 2014. The Sounders won 4-1 and were at their absolute most entertaining, pulling of back-heels, spin moves, and all the rest. The play of the game is Dempsey’s first goal when he ... I’m not even going to try to explain it, just watch:

Any U.S. Open Cup Final

I have no idea what the rights situations are on MLS Cup Finals, but all five finals the Sounders played in are worth a replay. The best of the lot is probably 2014 when they beat the Philadelphia Union in overtime on the road. The tensest is probably the 2012 final at Sporting KC that they lost in penalties. The one with the most iconic moment is the 2011 final at home against the Chicago Fire when Osvaldo Alonso dribbles several defenders to score the clincher.

Any of these games at Starfire

There were a lot of iconic games at Stafire Sports Complex over the years and really you can’t go wrong with any of the ones we highlighted in this story last year. I don’t hold out any hope of the Red Card Wedding getting replayed in this manner, so I’d offer up No. 2 on our list as the most watchable. That was the 2014 match against the Timbers in which the Sounders won in extra time. I also wouldn’t mind seeing No. 5 on that list — the infamous Zombie Jaqua game — in part because I’ve never actually seen it.