We went to their home match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and it was simply stunning. Even though the Sounders were far from perfect, and I thought I might freeze to death, it was a fabulous night.
Peter Miller did a nice job of summarizing the match for Crosscut, so I won’t attempt to give you all the details here. I will say, though, that there were brilliant moments that I will carry with me for a long time: Fredy Montero’s ambitious and perfectly booted goal from way outside of the box, which my brain experienced in a slow-motion sort of way because I knew the second he connected with it that it was going in, even without seeing that the keeper was out of position; the relief I felt when Freddie Ljungberg was able to get up each time Salt Lake thugs knocked him down; and the general good will emanating from the sold-out audience of appreciative fans.
Unlike the professional baseball and basketball games I’ve recently attended, I didn’t leave the match feeling like I’d been assaulted the entire time by ads, overly loud music, and made-up nonsense that distracts you from the sporting event you want to watch. We got to watch athletes excel. We got to see The Beautiful Game.