Seattle Sounders FC
Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the first for the state of Kansas.
US Soccer brings us the highlights:
Tonight the Seattle Sounders take on Sporting Kansas City in the Final of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Will it be a four-in-a-row for Seattle, or will Sporting bring Kansas its first championship in their first appearance in the final since their 2004 win?
Major League Soccer previewed the match with members from both teams:
The Seattle Sounders faced two very important matches this week, meeting up with the Colorado Rapids at Century Link field and Chivas USA at the Starfire training grounds and coming away both times with a much needed win. The league game on Saturday was particularly special, ending our winless nine game streak and seeing the return of Sounders hero, injured player Steve Zakuani, who’d had his leg broken facing the Rapids a year and a half ago. Our Sounder-supporting gay4soccer contributors, Grant (@ducki98444) and Tom (@thepickupbear) sat down and talked about that match afterwards.
What were you feeling before the game?
(Grant) I was nervous. I mean it’s been 9 matches with no wins. Steve was in the 18. I really didn’t want to lose to the Rapids at home. Our defense has had lots of lapses recently. But I had a lot of optimism about what we could do.
(Tom) I was excited before this one. I knew the rumors about Zak’s return, but figured Colorado was a risky time for the Sounders to sub him in…I was glued to my twitter feed before the game anyway to get a hint of the 18.
Did the history between the teams color your expectations of the game at all?
(Grant) Well of course. With any team you’ve played before there are perceptions, expectations, and history. This matchup has become one with lots of emotions due to the idea of thug-ish physical play from the players. My mother would say that there’s a hair of bad blood there, I would say it’s a leg full of bad blood.
Supporting Seattle Sounders FC this season has been a carnival ride of emotion for this fan, with an impressive 7 wins under our belt and now 3 dramatic ties and 3 crushing losses holding us back from over-confidence and the top ranking in the west. The last four games have seen us drag our record down with a L-T-L-T, the first of which was an almost embarrassingly bad defeat at the hands of Real Salt Lake. We recovered enough to earn a tie on the road in Vancouver only to come home to another loss at the hands of the visiting Columbus Crew, followed by a close tie Saturday against Chivas. I was fortunate enough to attend the three games played in the Northwest and tried to make sure my voice was heard loud and proud by our squad, giving my all whether we lost tied or lost.
Right off the bat in that first loss, RSL knew they had to keep our offense down and within the first three minutes of that game had kicked down both Mauro Rosales and Eddie Johnson, ensuring their team had the stronger legs for the rest of the match. The “Lakers” got their lone ugly goal out of the way at just 5 minutes into the second half, starting what looked like a clearly offside pass to my eyes. Play on the field seemed to stop so I tend to think the other players agreed with me, but Fabian Espindola kept on going and pushed the ball into the goal yards away from Bryan Meredith, ending the rookie goalkeeper’s scoreless streak. You can imagine our gloomy feelings after that match, with many fans walking away frustrated and angry at our second loss at home for the season.
The next team from the Pacific Northwest we focus on is the Seattle Sounders, who start off with five members of the senior team on the list, plus a great response from their Academy players as well.
Rookie Andrew Duran and veteran Brad Evans both joined via Twitter in January. Babayele Sodade joined in February and Eddie Johnson a few weeks ago. Roger Levesque participated in last year’s It Get’s Better video with other Seattle pro athetes. Thank you all so much.
Who will join them as a #soccerally. And if you’re the competitive Seattle type, will the response today outdo Portland’s? Help Tweet at the players below!
Win, lose, or draw, we are supporters! Last year when Vancouver sucked, New England sucked, who cared? Their fans Maybe. Who were the ones that were there through thick and thin chanting, singing, and showing their team colors and spirit? The supporters! In the supporters section you have the dedicated, die hard, and sometimes rabid fans. You also have a family.
We are your non-traditional yet dysfunctional family. Your doting, over protective mother. Your sexy incestuous cousin (whom you wish you weren’t related to). The siblings you love, and in-laws you wish you could do without. The crazy, loud, obnoxious uncle to whom you’re not sure how you’re related. And your pushy well-meaning father.
Now for my supporters group we’ve got all of that and then some! We have the people that fight over “their gays.” They want to protect us, include us, and sometime unintentionally tokenize us.
Seattle Sounders FC fans were on the edge of their seats for 68 minutes Wednesday night until a pair of fired-up goals in three minutes from Fredy Montero locked up a win for the Sounders over FC Dallas.
Starting the game off a little slower than normal and sweating hard, Seattle seemed to struggle in the heat allowing FC Dallas a strong showing the in the first half, with Dallas making more shots on goal saved by the young and handsome Bryan Meredith. FC Dallas was giving it their all as they kept possession and only allowed one shot on goal from the Sounders in the whole first half.
Ok, so I know what you’re thinking. Why has there been no Sounders news lately? I have just been busy; you might see a recurring theme in my next few posts. Family, supporters, personal responsibility. There was a death in the Sounders and Emerald City Supporters family recently. On February 29th One of the eternal blue forever green lost his battle with — as he called it “The Beast” — melanoma.
Yes this is a gay soccer blog, not my personal blog. So why would I bring this up? Because part of what we are doing is bringing a voice to those that can’t don’t or won’t speak up. To talk about a marginalized people. So what better place than to talk about loss of a great man who many will never know but was/is well loved by his (soccer) community?
Seattle Sounders forward Roger Levesque is one of fourteen Seattle personalities who has worn a kilt for a photo shoot and contest benefiting the Ronald McDonald House in the area.
Levesque interestingly told the SoundersFC.com reporter, “Anytime I’m in a skirt I’m a happy man.” While the video has plenty of amusing and adorable moments like Levesque trimming his famous stache with a battleaxe, it fails to address the one must-ask question in every celebrity-in-a-kilt situation: “What are you wearing underneath?”
I can’t wait for March! I am dying to see MLS action. On Sunday my Twitter timeline was blowing all evening. Why? Was there another match? Heaven forbid another trade. None of those, but something to help with the MLS offseason boredom.
A professional soccer player, the very attractive and athletic goalkeeper Andrew Weber, is on The Amazing Race Season 20. He is currently in Florida at the Seattle Sounders FC’s training camp. He and his musical twin brother Elliot are racing around the world with the show for a million dollars.