Friday, March 15, 2013

Best and Brightest: Seattle Sounders

Every club is pretty thirsty for an MLS Cup, but the Sounders might be the thirstiest. It's fair to say no club has accomplished more and stands without a Phil Anschutz Trophy. Maybe the Revolution, but New England's nowhere near it right now. The Sounders are in range of the victorious aromas, hence the salivation.

But Seattle's longing hasn't been without some beauties. So we have the ravest and greenest's Best (most impressive) and Brightest (most significant).

Seattle Sounder
Best: Djimi Traore vs. UANL Tigres, March 12, 2013
I'm a pretty nostalgic guy, but this is "world class and then some," indeed.

Brightest: Fredy Montero vs. Chicago Fire, Oct. 4, 2011
Rival supporters could kind of point and laugh at Seattle's plentiful and passionate fans were it not for the three straight U.S. Open Cups the Sounders rattled off from 2009-2011.

With that accomplishment the Sounders became just the third club in the 99-year history of the competition to go back-to-back-to-back. The others are New York Greek American (1967-69) and Stix, Baer & Fuller (1933-35).

In 2011, though, the Sounders' pursuit of history was desperately blocked off by the Chicago Fire until Fredy Montero's 77th-minute cleaning-up of Jeff Parke's header rebound cracked open the game (3:26).

Notes: Stix, Baer & Fuller, a St. Louis club, won its third title as Central Breweries. All-time greats Bert Patenaude and Billy Gonsalves featured in some of the Cup runs.

New York Greek American currently plays in New York's Cosmopolitan Soccer League and lost in the first round of last year's Open Cup to Reading United, 2-1.

-Jacob Klinger


Tony M said...

I would add Freddy Montero's brace at the very first game. That set the excitement around the franchise is stone.

Unknown said...

I really thought about it for a good while before just going trophies > excitement. But that's a chicken-egg thing itself. Chalk it up to East Coast bias if you want.

Anyway, here's the ribbon-cutting brace.

Unknown said...

Sounders started really well. But that RBNY defense was pretty bad too.