Seattle Dodgeball Tournament
In-between two resounding US Open Cup wins, the Seattle Sounders found time to “relax” by hosting a team dodgeball tournament during last weeks practices.
Taking time to enjoy and participate in events in this is crucial to any team that is going through such a long stretch of games like the Sounders have.
Not only a part of MLS play this year, the Seattle Sounders are once again taking part in the US Open Cup as well as the CONCACAF Champions League, making them one of the busiest teams in North America.
Being so, Sigi Schmid (head coach of the Seattle Sounders), decided to give his team a day off from normal training exercises to let them enjoy a competitive dodge-ball tournament.
Video from the event can be viewed here:
And, to everybody’s surprise, we see soccer players stopping play to make appeals to the ref.
As is evident from the video, soccer players will be soccer players no matter what sport they are playing.
The likes of Alvaro Fernandez, Leo Gonzalez, and Sammy Ochoa can be seen petitioning and hassling the referees to make a call in their favor throughout the entire competition, resorting to pointing fingers or vocalizing their displeasure with a call.
Perhaps the most humorous portion of the video, the beginning truly illustrates that we are dealing with soccer players in this dodgeball tournament. Fingers are pointed, players are running towards the ref to make the right call, and then play just suddenly resumes and everybody is fine and dandy.
But so goes the life of the soccer player.
Whether or not the petitioning of the refs was just as a joke or legitimate, this writer surely is leaning towards the latter.
After a duel reminiscent of the times of the Roman gladiators, comparable only to the epic battle of David v. Goliath, the rave green team prevailed over the men in blue.
A competition like this is always great to watch, not only for the players but for the fans as well.
Besides giving the players a much needed distraction from the daily grind of training for upcoming matches, this gives fans a chance to see players away from their natural element as well as remind us all that we are all kids at heart. ]
I’m just surprised we didn’t see any injuries.
On another side note, here is the goal Osvaldo Alonso scored in last-night’s game against Cal FC (Sounders won 5-0). One of the more impressive goals I have seen in awhile: