Did anyone else catch the crazy Vancouver Whitecaps-Seattle Sounders match Saturday night in Seattle? Yes, I too spent a good portion of the evening watching the UFC 131 card highlighted by Junior Dos Santos making minced meat of Shane Carwin’s face but in the meantime and in-between time I managed to catch some of the most spirited football (yes, the kind actually played with the feet) in some time.
I’ll admit I am not the biggest soccer-football-futbol fan in the world, but I do recognize a quality game when I see one, and Saturday was fantastic. The final was a 2-2 draw after visiting Vancouver took the first half lead only to see Seattle answer with 2 late goals roughly 4 minutes apart at Quest Field. But with the Sounders moving ahead 2-1 on a goal in the 84th minute, the Whitecaps answered back just a minute later with perhaps a goal-of-the-year calibre volley by Frenchman Eric Hassli – his second of the night – past veteran net-minder Kasey Keller and held on for the draw. see the game-tying goal here:
What made this game so fun to watch, aside from the quality football and fantastic finish, was the fans. I mean these people really seemed to have a great time, it was like a club that I wanted to be part of – they have their chants, cheers, fight songs, and fans cast a sea of Sounders green across the stadium, it was something one might witness in Europe. But no, this is the MLS. A capacity crowd of 36,500 showed up to see the renewed Seattle-Vancouver rivalry, and it looked like a blast – count me in!