Sounders 2 – 1 Rapids
As I sat down to watch this game after work last night, I could just feel that something special was going to happen.
Whether it was going to be from one of the starters that Sigi Schimd put on blast, or the return of Steve Zakuani, I couldn’t tell, but I knew it was going to happen regardless.
The Sounders must’ve known too, because they came out about as fired up as I had seen them in a very long time, and they finally put an end to this nine game winless streak that was on the verge of reaching the three month mark.
Alvaro Fernandez finally got his name on a score sheet with a beautiful header off a feed from Mauro Rosales. Flacco was one of the players Schmid said he needed more output from going forward: Message received!
With all of the back stories going into this game, the fact that Freddy Montero was not in the starting lineup for the Sounders was almost a non point, same goes with the return of Osvaldo Alonso from his one game ban.
This night was all about Steve Zakuani making his return to the pitch after fifteen months.
And the fact that he got to face his nemesis, the one who injured him fifteen months ago, Brian Mullen.
The first twenty minutes of this game was owned by the Sounders. The long balls were reaching players making runs, crosses were being played into the box, and shots were coming from all angles.
Alex Caskey whiffed at an attempt that would have given Patrick Ianni’s goal of the year a run for its money. Fernandez missed a header high, and the team amassed five corners before the half time break.
This looked like a team that wanted to win not only for themselves, but for the fans who have supported them throughout this franchise record winless streak.
Let’s not forget about Zakuani too.
The Zak is back!!!
Steve Zakuani is finally a member of the Seattle Sounders first team again, and what a way to come back too.
Sure he only saw action for the last ten minutes of the game, but redemption was had for both the Sounders and the Colorado Rapids organizations, fans, and most importantly, Zackuani and Mullan.
After the game the two exchanged jerseys in one of the classiest moves I have seen on a sports field.
No grudges will be kept by these two, at least not publicly.
Premature halt to first half
Just like in Wednesday nights game, the lead ref called the game to a halt just when Mauro Rosales was about to make something happen.
Instead of on a throw in like last game, this time Rosales got the ball at midfield at full pace, with one defender to beat.
Right when the ball was given to Rosales, the ref blew for half time.
I always thought that the ref never was supposed to blow for half or full time when a play was developing, or the ball was in the mid field area.
Sure this ball was at mid field, but Rosales was on a full sprint trying to make something happen before the half. But instead we went in tied at 0-0, without that final scoring opportunity.
Besides the non penalty call to Eddie Johnson, and some other ticky-tack fouls, there wasn’t too much other hate in my blood during this game.
We are victorious once again Seattle.
Let’s turn this into a nine game unbeaten streak now, and ride this into a push for superiority in the west!
Up next for the Sounders is New York Red Bulls away on Sunday in another nationally televised game which will be aired on ESPN at 1:00 local time.
Match highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com