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By Dale Anderson
Sports Columnist 

Worst Seat In The House: What a game on Sunday

 

Last updated 11/14/2019 at 11:13am



For any big soccer fan, especially those that live in the northwest, Sunday was a long time in the making. The Seattle Sounders FC was going to play Toronto FC for the MLS Cup or the championship of Major League Soccer in North America but for the first time in Seattle. This is the third time in four years that Toronto and Seattle would do battle for the Cup.

To be honest, I didn’t watch the game because I forgot. I had every intention to watch some of it. The Seahawks weren’t playing on Sunday and I lost interest in the Ram game, then I lost interest in the Canadian Football League western semi-final and by that time I remembered about the soccer game.

When I flipped the channel there was already something else on so I turned it over to ESPN and saw the highlights which were a lot more fun to watch in my opinion. My nephew and his wife have season tickets so they attended and they were recuperating from the excitement noise and celebrating. I think their ears will be ringing for the better part of this week.

Anyway, the highlights were impressive as the Sounders scored three goals and shutout Toronto until the extra time when they scored a meaningless goal to make it 3-1.

A Century Link record crowd of 69,274 showed up on Sunday and were more than ready to explode but were outplayed by Toronto in the first half. One Sounder player said that having the home field advantage got Seattle to halftime 0-0 and breathing a sigh of relief.

In the second half, Seattle broke the ice with a kick from Kelvin Leerdam which hit two Toronto defenders with the second one hitting the player in the shin and perfectly ricocheting into the goal from 57 feet and the crowd went nuts. The second goal was kicked in from Victor Rodriguez from 76 feet with a little help from a teammate and the third and last goal was an exciting race to the ball won by Raul Ruidiaz beating a defender and popping the ball over the goalie’s head from 90 feet.

It could have been a Seahawk game as loud as the stadium sounded. The fans had waited since 2009 when the Sounders entered the MLS for this game to take place on home turf. So the Sounders won their second Cup but this one was one that the fans had a big say in the outcome. The adrenaline rush the Sounders got after the first goal made it nearly impossible for Toronto to come back. They probably blew their chance by not taking the fans out of the game in the first half.

Toronto possessed the soccer ball for 65% of the time and only scored a goal one minute into the extended time after 90 minutes. Don’t ask me what the rules are because I really haven’t a clue. Ask the guy that really knows that follows the Sounders religiously.

For me, it was exciting because Seattle is such a great sports community and soccer is huge on the west side. I think that soccer is bigger than baseball in the Emerald city. I do think that the Mariner organization should figure out how the Sounders have succeeded. Just saying!

It will be interesting to see just how big the championship parade will be. If it is anything like the Seahawk parade it will be huge. Take note NBA.

I must say that I saw the Sounder highlights several times and it doesn’t get old. What a game indeed.

 

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