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LocalSeattle Sounders: My Dream Come True

January 1, 2017

Rooting for the Sounders from left to right: Fiona, Johnny, Heather, Eric, Miho, and Naz

Rooting for the Sounders from left to right: Fiona, Johnny, Heather, Eric, Miho, and Naz

Special to Northwest News by Eric Nacke

This was a game that I couldn’t miss. I had been waiting eight years to see the Seattle Sounders play in the MLS Championship game and compete for the MLS Cup. It was a dream come true.

I have always loved soccer, and I have been a big fan of the Seattle Sounders since 2009, when they joined Major League Soccer (MLS). So when a few friends called me to ask if I wanted to go to the championship game, I said, “Yes! Absolutely!”

We all bought our tickets and soon found ourselves in the cold weather of Toronto in December. We were so happy. Even if the Sounders lost, we would be happy that they had made it this far.

On the day of the game, we marched to the stadium with all the other Sounders supporters. We were waving green flags and banners and singing songs and chanting, “Seattle … Sounders!” Everyone was full of energy and hope. The weather was very cold, but we didn’t care. All the Seattle fans were sitting together, jumping and singing, so we didn’t feel cold. The Toronto fans must have thought we were crazy.

The game was very exciting. Several times Toronto almost scored a goal. Seattle stayed strong, and by the end of 90 minutes, the score was 0 – 0. Then the game went into 30 minutes of overtime. Again, Toronto got very close to scoring, but Seattle’s goalkeeper made an amazing diving save to keep the ball out of the goal. He saved the team, because at the end of overtime, the score was still 0 – 0. Now the winner would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. A penalty shoot-out is when each team takes five penalty kicks to try to score. One player shoots the ball from 12 yards away and the goalkeeper from the other team must try to keep the ball out of the goal. It is very difficult. A different person shoots each time. The team that scores most after all the kicks are taken is the winner.

Seattle and Toronto remained tied until the last two kicks. Toronto’s shooter missed his kick. Then Seattle’s shooter, Roman Torres, walked up to the ball and calmly shot it through the goal. All of the Seattle fans began screaming and jumping. We won the Cup! We won the Cup! We were all so happy and excited. The Seattle players all ran over to where we were sitting and jumped on each other and hugged each other. While the Toronto fans left the stadium, the noisy Seattle fans stayed behind to celebrate with the team. It was such an exciting event. Now, after eight long, frustrating years, Seattle was the Number 1 team in MLS. We had done it! We won the Cup!

Even today, several weeks later, I smile when I remember that night. It was the best game I’d ever seen. I’m so glad I went. Now, I look forward to seeing how well we can do next year. Go Sounders!

 


Published January 2017

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