Rimando brilliant as RSL earns draw in Seattle

By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, Wash. – Bruised. Battered. Bloodied.

Indomitable.

Take a pick. They all fit Nick Rimando like one of his own blood-smeared gloves after the stunning performance he delivered for Real Salt Lake in its 0-0 tie with the Seattle Sounders Friday night.

Three spectacular diving saves kept the bombarding Sounders scoreless, earning Real Salt Lake the draw it needed in the first leg of this Western Conference semifinals match.

“I think it has to go down as one of the single best individual performances by any player that’s ever worn an RSL jersey,” said RSL head coach Jason Kreis.

Seattle pressed all night against a Real Salt Lake side generally content to take a scoreless tie into Thursday’s match at Rio Tinto Stadium. Despite spending much of the game in the attacking third and unleashing 20 crosses in the second-half alone, the Sounders struggled to finish and ran into a spring-loaded Rimando when they did.

Rimando made remarkable back-to-back diving saves on Seattle headers shortly after the half-hour mark, denying Sammy Ochoa and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado in turn.

Impressive, but the 13-year veteran wasn’t done.

Minutes into the second half, Seattle’s midseason acquisition Christian Tiffert snapped a bouncing short-range header toward the right post that seemed a sure goal.

Not against Rimando. Not on this night. Another dive. Another save. Another deflating moment for the nearly 35,000 in attendance begging for a chance to explode.

Rimando’s heroics aside, his second-seeded team might not have escaped with the draw if the Sounders hadn’t butchered a few golden opportunities.

Barely five minutes after the break, Brad Evans found Ochoa alone at the top of Rimando’s box, only to watch his forward launch a shot yards over the crossbar into the Seattle night.

In the 85th minute, Fredy Montero flicked a beautiful header into the box to late substitute David Estrada, but when the UCLA product went to volley he came up with nothing but air, whiffing entirely as the ball sailed past him and out of bounds, a missed opportunity on an evening full of them.

It was a moment that surely had many in the crowd thinking wistfully of Eddie Johnson—out for at least this match with a strained adductor—and his 14 goals.

Rimando’s night almost came to an end in the 67th minute, when a vicious collision with Tiffert left the RSL goalkeeper with a broken nose and a cut by his right eye that required post-match stitches.

“I took a hit,” said Rimando as he stood above those bloody gloves in the RSL locker room, “but I feel OK. Focused. Eyesight’s fine, and I’m ready to get back home and handle business on Thursday.”

Real Salt Lake also received excellent performances from a defensive unit that featured Kwame Watson-Siriboe starting at centerback for the injured Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler.

“I thought he played fantastic,” Kreis said of Watson-Siriboe.

“Big players step in big games,” added Rimando, “and everybody stepped up tonight. It wasn’t just me. I did my part for sure, but so did everybody else. I’m not getting that zero without those guys.”

For the Sounders, it was a frustrating night offensively, something their fans have seen before—in the playoffs in general and against this team in particular.

Despite reaching the playoffs in each of its first four seasons, Seattle has yet to win a playoff round and has yet to score in the first leg of a series. And despite ranking fifth in the league in scoring in 2012, the Sounders have now been shut out by RSL in all four matches this season.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn’t sound too worried after the match.

“We’ve been a pretty good goal-scoring team over the last two years,” Schmid said, “and we just need to know that it’s a mutually exclusive event. The next game is mutually exclusive from this game and [the fact that] we didn’t get a goal this game means nothing for the next game. We could pop free for two or three.”

Nor was Schmid in the mood to psychoanalyze the match or the Sounders’ scoring troubles.

“We can sit here,” Schmid said, “and we can lament about it, and we can cry about it. We can say, ‘Oh, jeez, that was terrible. Wow. Oh my God. What are we going to do? Oh, woe is me. The sky is falling. Are we going to be able to cross the road and not get hit by a car?’ We can talk about all these things right now, but at the end of the day we’ve got to get ready for a game on Thursday. And we have to build on what was good, and what was good is that we created chances. What was good is we kept them pretty much at bay for the majority of the game, and what was good is I thought we worked very hard.”

While the Sounders can’t seem to score against RSL, it might not take much scoring to win this series. The teams have now combined to score just a single goal in four matches this season.

“We’re stingy with our defenses—both our teams,” said Rimando. “It might just take one goal to go through to the next series, and hopefully that’s us.”

Here are the match highlights:

 

 

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68 Responses to Rimando brilliant as RSL earns draw in Seattle

  1. Travis says:

    The markings on the pitch were a joke. Rimando was superb for RSL and was clearly man of the match. First half was extremely entertaining to watch, second half was less so with RSL clearly content for the 0-0 draw. Hopefully EJ can play for Seattle next week otherwise they are going to have a ton of trouble getting a result down there.

  2. A says:

    The Seattle fans booing Nick Rimando while he had a broken nose, a swelled shut eye and bleeding on the side of his forehead was pretty unnerving. That kind of behavior just rubs me the wrong way.

    • B says:

      To be fair, Rimando had been wasting time all night, so everyone in the stands thought it was just another one of his stall tactics. We didnt have the advantage of replay or close up to see he was actually hurt. Adding fuel to the fire he did have a huge grin on his face and taunted the fans after he finally got up after eight minutes on the ground.

      • Matt says:

        Sounds like when Seattle fans called out Colorado fans for boing Zak.

        • Travis says:

          how is that the same at all? wasnt hard to tell that he had seriously messed up his leg from the way the players on the pitch were looking

          • RAMONE says:

            Really Travis? That is just homer glasses. Booing any injured player is classless.

            How about we give players the benefit of the doubt before we start booing. If someone obviously flops with nobody near then that is different. Rimando took a head to the face and was obviously bleeding. Sure, you may not be able to see that from the other side of the pitch but that is true of all spectator sports.

            It is unfortunate that soccer players feign injury for tactical advantage and creates this little boy who cried wolf situation (so from that perspective, I see how Flounder fans could get baited in). It isn’t like it doesn’t happen in other sports either (floppers in NBA basketball, linemen feigning injury to try to slow down no huddle offenses in football, etc.) but it is absolutely terrible that we assume everyone is faking and boo them as a first reaction. It is EXACTLY the same think as Zakuani, just the severity of the injury significantly less.

            • Travis says:

              while it is tasteless to boo a player they really arent comparable. rimando was sitting up the entire time, zakuani was in shock. rimando looked dinged up, zakuanis career could have been over. i am not saying that booing an injured player is ever ok, its not, but they arent comparable at all

            • divers suck says:

              ” I see how Flounder fans could get baited in”
              RAMONE, cute little mature jab at Seattle fans. Like we’re the only ones guilty of this. Perhaps you should re state it as the Seattle fans are the only ones you can hear because there is not enough fans at the other venues to hear.
              All fandom tit-for-tat set aside. The players (collectively) brought this on themselves, as you correctly stated with your “cry wolf” analogy and all fans are sick of it. The comparisons to Zack are simply not valid. Many Rapids fans were horrified at the sound echoing throughout their stadium of that snapped leg and it was clear to see his leg dangling. Not so clear with Rimando. He did the normal feigning/flopping that has stained our game for too long now. He did truely get injured but not so bad to not continue on. I have no problem with the fans booing and I’m guessing neither does Rimando. He’s a big boy and likely got over it quickly, which is more than I can say about many of the fans.

    • Tood says:

      Tiffert should be fined for that forearm to Rimando’s grill

    • Charles says:

      I apologize to Rimando. He showed us his gloves too, but kind of hard to see blood from the stands and with his teamates taking that long to walk to a corner you assume things.

      Anyway enough justification. Sorry NR, you are a heckova gaolkeeper. SLC would miss you in a big way if weren’t there

    • swift says:

      The Seattle supports are so classless they have a chant about dragging the player off the field and burying them. I’ve heard this several time is sj and everytime it diisgusts me.

  3. Gil says:

    I really liked sounders for what they stood for. But looking at the field so sad and uninspired. Pathetic now real fan. Pep might not care about it but owners make a profit because of it. It feels like we r back in the conception of the league so sad. Go real now, sounders pathetic.

  4. EricJ says:

    yeah because it was OBVIOUS he had all those things while sitting in the stands. Dont be daft.

  5. Hopper says:

    Whoa, whoa whoa … what do we have here: NFL graphics on an MLS pitch? What year is this: 1998? I’m sorry, but I didn’t support the USL Seattle Sounders, not to mention, WORK FOR FREE for the USL Seattle Sounders, only to see the best-supported franchise in Major League Soccer 2.0 play a playoff game with NFL graphics all over the field. No, I’m not a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder … I’m a Seattle Sounders season ticket holder … and I expect my team to play on a proper FUTBOL pitch.

    It’s bad enough I gotta watch you chumps play on that plastic turf garbage. Now I gotta pay for playoffs tickets only to see you scrubs play to a 0-0 draw against the most boring team in the league with NFL lines? No. This ain’t 1998. This ain’t my Seattle Sounders FC. The Seahawks can blow me, and these USL-minor-league-no-erase-NFL-lines rules can go straight to hell.

    -An Embarrassed Sounders Fan

    • Matt B. says:

      Just a little comment, RSL is by far not the most boring team in the league, Chivas or Colorado take that one.

    • Kejsare says:

      You’re in MLS because of the Seahawks’ ownership and CLink’s operators. You’re also assisted by the Seahawks organization with marketing and merchandising. Tough luck. It is the bed you laid and you must sleep in it.

    • Kevin_Amold says:

      Did I miss when RSL became the consensus most boring team in the league? I don’t think I’d heard one person saying that before this comment.

    • Charles says:

      A Sounders season ticket holder calls his team Chumps….yeah right.

      Sounders are in MLS because of the Seahawks ? Yeah wrong.

      Think before you post people.

    • Gnarls says:

      If you believe RSL is the most boring team in the league then you instantly loose all credibility.

    • RAMONE says:

      Yeah, any talk of the Clink being a real SSS is now silly. Just reference any photo of this important playoff match with NFL markings all over the pitch and you know exactly who dictates how things work at the Clink.

      I am a Timber fan and I have actually defended S#ittle’s justification that they have a SSS — but a real SSS doesn’t have gridiron football lines on it ever.

      • loren says:

        If the Sounders only could have won their final game vs. LA, then there would have been enough time to unpaint the field. LOL.

        Though seriously, it’s sad to see a bunch of people try to invalidate one of MLS’ great stories (Seattle) just because people don’t like their (perfecty good) playing surface. The MLS is becoming a strong league and all of the teams play a role there (except Chivas, hahahaha). Responding generally with this statement, not to the post I actually replied to.

  6. Gil says:

    Hopper I agree

  7. el paso tx wants NASL says:

    Seattle need their own 50000 livestrong park seat stadium- make it with a retractable roof or with super hightech turf. Sounders fans deserve ttheir own wembley and beckam signing but like always……clink is a SSS and is perfect. It might be but nfl comes first and will never be a real SSS for real soccer ffans.

  8. el paso tx wants NASL says:

    By the way, isn’t seattle getting a new arena downtown or something like that. I would make seattle a stadium like the arizona cardinals have, with a slider pitch that comes out for sun exposure. Another thing, there is some nfl teams that have those UV lights, like the ones used in europe to help their pitch grow. Why can’t mls teams get some of those and put grass in their stadium. By the way some nfl teams have grass and play in worse conditions that make their grass look like sh*t during the season but still get it right every week. Mls teams need to grow up and spend real money in their pitch and stadium.

    • Syd says:

      How is the grass conveniently put in for European exhibitions and removed so quickly?

      It can be done.

    • Charles says:

      You realize the NFL teams play 10 games a year on their fields ?
      The Sounders had played that many by what….April ?

      We are sharing a field, it is the best stadium in MLS bar none, get over it.

    • viva el pasotx says:

      with todays technology anything can be done. Ask germany and the asians and now the arabic smart heads………. seattle is mising out just like DC, NE. By the way, whitecaps should get their waterfront stadium as well, galaxy should sell their stadium to chivasusa or the college they deal with. What about columbus, their stadium looks like a high school stadium, TFC and FC dallasd should thank their fans with a roof cover.

  9. Mitch says:

    and his face is busted for his effort

  10. Georg says:

    Rimando was a beast, Seattle fans booing him needed to know after staff came out and worked on his injury for 5 minutes, that it was not time wasting. Continuing to boo him was classless.
    NfL lines and Seahalk symbols on the pitch for a MLS play-off match sucked, and to think this happened on the pitch of the gods of American soccer.

  11. JRP says:

    Shocking that Schmid didn’t blame the refs for his team’s performance last night since that has been his excuse all season. He thinks they will score two or three at the Riot? I don’t think any opposing MLS side has scored three at the Riot in years. Good luck with that.

    • beachbum says:

      Grajeda was good last night and often is, can’t blame him.

      The stadium was the big loser last night. As an MLS fan from the beginning it was sad to see that in 2012, when there are BEAUTIFUL new soccer specific stadiums all over the country now, that the most fan supported team in the league plays on a living room carpet with no plans in sight. That sucks, no way around it. And that turf is an affront to the beautiful game.

      Rimando has been the best MLS keeper for a long time for me. There are national teams that wish he was theirs

      • james says:

        Umm, Century Link is a great soccer venue with a FIFA-approved surface for all competitions, including USMNT qualifiers.

        Calling field turf a “carpet” isn’t fair. Fewer injuries than grass, more predictable playing surface (see USMNT @ Jamaica or Antigua for easy proof of that), among many other positives.

        Not that grass isn’t great, but I wish people would stop using the same tired arguments that “grass is better, field turn sucks” … field turf is here to say. FIFA wants more of it. It’s the future.

        • Bobb says:

          You are delusional.

        • beachbum says:

          the team is wonderful, the fan support is top shelf, the atmosphere is crazy…and the surface doesn’t come to close to honoring any of that, more like a nose thumbing

          • divers suck says:

            As a Seattle fan living here, James, I’m gonna have to side with beachbum and Bobb. The CLink is a fabulous venue for soccer and would likely be a showpiece for the USMNT headline qualifiers along with MLS. I get sooo sick of listening to excuse after excuse for NOT having a grass/hybrid pitch when we (in todays age of technology) should be looking for ways to HAVE it! Jeezus! The Seahawks wouldn’t even mind. Your “carpet is not fair”, “FIFA approved” garbage is nothing but excuses. The NATS will never play here when they have far better choices in this country of GRASS pitches.

    • Travis says:

      JRP why are you so bitter and angry at seattle all the time? little bit ridiculous

      • JRP says:

        What statements have I made that are bitter?
        You don’t think his comments about the ref last match up were out of line?
        And pointing out that his statement of getting 2 – 3 goals at the Riot is absurd isn’t bitter, it is a matter of fact.

        • Travis says:

          Seattle got i believe three there last year, dont think they will do it again this year though. also of course his ref comments were out of line, he knew it to i am sure but when you get a mic stuck into your face at halftime in the heat of a game of course you are going to say stupid things.

          like half of your posts recently have been bashing on seattle though and it is rubbish.

          • JRP says:

            Seattle got three goals there over the season but not in a single game. Why am I bashing Seattle? Trash talk.
            I think Seattle is formidable foe. I really do. I will agree with anyone who says CLink is the best atmosphere in the MLS. I will disagree with everyone who thinks a bulbous, plastic pitch is acceptable.
            Good luck Thursday. Our stadium is smaller than yours, but my guess is we will get the result we need without 50,000 fans. Also, look at who attends our games. Most of the people are families. It is a different audience than Seattle. Both are worthy of respect. I love taking my kids and wife to the game. Don’t see many kids and wives in the crowd shots of CLink. Doesn’t mean they aren’t there but the bulk of the fans are adult males.

            • loren says:

              Dude, plenty of families attend Sounders games. I have even seen infants strapped to their moms and dads (with appropriate headgear, if course).

              Stop hatin’ on Seattle just because they draw twice the normal MLS team does. It’s good for Seattle and also good for the MLS.

              Face it: the MLS is much much better off with the Cascadia teams in the fold. As a Cascadia fan, I root for the day Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle are 1-2-3 in the league AND play on turf.

              • JRP says:

                1, 2 and 3? You think that could possibly happen? It won’t. Nobody hates on you because you get 50,000 fans. People hate on you because you look in the mirror and see no problems with your own program. Sorry, no one can look past those lines on the field. And if they don’t play on turf in England, Scotland, Ireland, they don’t need to play on turf in Cascadia.
                Why do you think that just because we feel Cascadia should play on grass that we think Cascadia shouldn’t have teams? No one is arguing that the teams shouldn’t be in the MLS. Just play the game on grass in a soccer stadium.

  12. Attn: Field Turf Haters says:

    Attn: Field Turf Haters

    You guys have to be the most misinformed and pathetic denziens of the comment threads on this site.

    Grass isn’t better just because it’s grass. Or because you clowns keep saying grass is better.

    FIFA doesn’t require grass anymore for league play or World Cup qualifying games. What they require (when the field is field turf) is a 2-star rating, which Century Link (Sounders) have (along with Portland, Costa Rica’s home stadium, and several other fields in North America). Why the USMNT doesn’t want 65,000+ fans in the best atmosphere in the USA rooting on the national team in some of its biggest games is anybody’s guess. But Seattle has hosted matches before, and will again. On field turf.

    Players don’t get hurt more on field turf; studies have shown they get hurt less.

    Lots of teams are using field turf, including Barcelona for their practice fields. Players spend a lot more time on the practice field than they do in a game, so if the best team in the world had concerns about the quality of the pitch causing injuries or not being adequate for their players, then they wouldn’t use field turf, right?

    It’s a surface that we’re going to see more and more of because it’s easier to maintain than grass, and less expensive to keep in top condition.

    Of course, none of you haters would ever try to do more than say “field turf sucks”, but here are some links for you morons anyway:

    FIFA’s opinion of field turf:

    link to fifa.com

    FIFA’s statement that artificial turf is the future:

    link to fifa.com

    Century Link’s 2-star rating:

    link to m.soundersfc.com

    FIFA-approved 2-star rated facilities:

    link to fifa.com

    Safety:

    link to fieldturf.com

    Anyway, keep up your anti-field turf bleating, stay ignorant, and have a good day.

    • RAMONE says:

      In a perfect world money wouldn’t be an object. In a perfect world every city would be able to build a retractable roof perfectly sized soccer venue (full every time but every one who wanted a ticket could easily get one) that would have grow lights and would have an immaculate grass pitch. In a perfect world … that simply doesn’t exist.

      I am not a S#ittle fan at all. I hated that abomination of a pitch they played on last night with the NFL markings on it (even though I was a bit of a Seahawk fan when I was a kid … Zorn, Largent, Kenny Easly days). But that perfect world doesn’t exist (but they could have done way better with the NFL lines – absolutely no legit reason a crew couldn’t have shown up when the game end and started painting for Sunday).

      The real world the Cascadia teams play in is a very damp one. It pretty much rains and is soggy every single day from October 15th to the 4th of July (and sometimes through the summer if the La Nina weather pattern is in effect … in 2011 only the month of September was dry). The other reality is all 3 share their stadium with a college or pro football team who will completely tear up the pitch by the end of October. The history of artifical surfaces outdoors in the NWest goes back to the 60s when a football game at Oregon State was largely credited with derailing USC’s chance at a national Championship and OJ Simpson winning the Heisman. Oregon State beat USC and Simpson was ineffective in standing water during an October Storm that was a complete mudhole by the start of the 2nd quarter. This would be the conditions that those teams would be trying to play soccer on. Removing and reinstalling a new pitch every single time it was torn up would also be ridiculously expensive and incredibly time consuming and sod in a rainstorm is going to roll up and trip players.

      I get it that people would rather see grass, I really do. The ball does play slightly differently on grass (mainly passes die a bit better as there is more friction) … but the difference between today’s artificial turf (dense grass blade type, installed in all 3 Cascadia stadiums) and that of the 60s and 70s (indoor / outdoor carpet that after a couple of season’s is like playing on a Scotch Brite pad) is incredible. Remember the field during playoff games in Houston in the past (when they shared with UofH)? Multiply that muddy moonscape x 2-3 and that is what you would have trying to play a soccer game on real grass in November in a stadium shared with a football team in Cascadia. It would be dramatically worse.

    • beachbum says:

      just played on some field turf today. very different game than on grass, period. not the same game

      my back is killing me now too

      go on and say whatever you want. we all know it’s easier too maintain and that’s the reason it’s around, not because it’s better to play on.

      it’s funny how ruffled the feathers get when that field is called out rightly so…not calling out the fans, or the team or the atmosphere, which are all praised often…just that racetrack joke of a playing surface with football lines. the whole chicken coop erupts.

      sorry you accept it’s a good soccer surface, a disservice to your team really

    • whoop-whoop says:

      My previous post below was tongue in cheek, but I couldn’t help but respond… you know… being ignorant and all

      Links advocating Field Turf pulled off of the web page of the makers of Field Turf are hardly conclusive evidence of anything other than a company effectively pitching it’s product. A statement made by Sepp Blatter (not FIFA) that “Field Turf is the future of the game” does not substantiate, it hurts your case. Sorry, but with than man’s track record, I can’t help but think it should rightly be followed by; “This statement was endorsed and paid for by the makers of Field Turf, a Tarkett Sports Company”

      Personally, I’d place much more weight in a survey of… ohhhhh, I don’t know… the players who actually have to perform on it?

      Soccer is more art than it is science and the truth is revealed in it’s performance, not black and white statistics compiled by administrators and money counters. 5 minutes playing on Field Turf will tell you more than a mountain of studies and brochures from the marketing dept of Tarkett and or the Seattle Sounders. As much as I try not to notice, watching a game on played on it reveals balls played into space skidding out of bounds, while lofted touch passes over the defense run harmlessly into the goal-tenders hands. A players ability to get under the ball hampers set pieces and shots on goal.

      I get and empathize with the fact that there is no easy solution in Seattle’s case. They’ve earned the benefit of the doubt in me believing they are doing everything they can to provide the best they can. Lets not however, pretend that the surface the game is played on is no big deal or that Field Turf is as good or better than a quality grass field. Certainly every club has a right to be satisfied with meeting FIFA’s minimum standard or that set by Costa Rica or… Barcelona’s practice pitch, but- I’ve heard lots of talk from Sounder ownership of aspirations to be a world class club, so that is the standard they wish to be judged by.

      I may be jumping to conclusions, but I’d guess you wouldn’t be so defensive and such a fervent advocate for this product if you weren’t a passionate Sounders supporter. I can respect your loyalty but… you may want to reconsider, as a natural surface would better suit the Sounders who are a pretty technical, skilled side. Perhaps this has something to do w/ their surprisingly mediocre win % at home vs. the road in spite of the outstanding support?

      Alright, cheers. it’s Saturday and this misinformed, pathetic denizen-ship makes me thirsty, I need a beer.

      • loren says:

        “the players who actually have to perform on it”

        Dude, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from many sides that shows the new artificial fields to be quality surfaces. As opposed to these types of anecdotes:

        link to soccerreviews.com

        The original poster has it right. Turf haters will lose the argument in time. Field turf is here to stay.

        I have played on all types of surfaces — new turf, old (astro) turf, grass, dirt, cushion turf (sand mixed with tire and other stuff), basketball courts, indoor and outdoor. Only one plays the same way in any condition and that is field turf. For those that complain about the skip on wet turf fields, let me say the skip on grass can be just as bad. The skip in mud or off standing pools of water? Hahaha. Field turf wins, easy.

        Check back in 10 years.

        • beachbum says:

          amazes me that any player would defend the surface. makes me question that you actually play. the only cool thing about that surface is it’s maintenance, which is substantial, OK? but a preferable surface from a player’s perspective.

          NO WAY

  13. whoop-whoop says:

    It’s quite obvious that the Seattle Sounders have offended the Football Gods by playing on that abomination of a green cellophane pitch. Until they ask for forgiveness for the offense, rip that desecration out, grow real grass upon the blood of 10 goats and 15 kegs of beer, and put their house right, they will never win a playoff series. It’s science.

    • bb says:

      this made me lol.
      I sure hope we can win a series before that! Every year I think Seattle gets a little better, and every year I think, “Maybe this will be the year!”. And then I look at all the other teams in the West and I think, “Crap they all got better too! This is gonna be tough.”

      I guess it shows the MLS is slowly getting better.

  14. Alex says:

    The booing of Rimando is typical of Sounders fans. They come out in numbers and look good on tv but if you have ever been to a game in that stadium you know how classless they are towards opposing players and fans.

    • Matt says:

      Really? Home fans are hostile to visiting teams/fans? Oh no!!! Whatever shall we do?!?

    • Oog says:

      Agreed. The game I went to up in Seattle, they tore down our sign, which ruined it. We even lost the game. Can’t stand Seattle fans.

  15. bb says:

    i haven’t been to a Sounders game where a guy on the other team has been hurt. And usually I’m in the center section, not near the GA seats where the most rowdy Seattle fans are, so I don’t know how “bad” is was the other day, but..

    I really don’t understand the anger people have when a team exhibits, for lack of a better word, hatred towards the opposing team. It’s pretty standard (to varying degrees) at all home stadiums, in all sports.

    I understand the arguments against booing an injured player but it happens. It’s especially classless in amateur sports (hs, college) but in professional leagues it happens quite a bit. And you have to admit that in soccer, the sport has a reputation for diving, faking injury, and time wasting. So if fans boo a down player who is ACTUALLY injured this time, i kinda can’t blame them.

    Reading the other comments, it sounds like RSL were time-wasting. Do I blame em? nah, no one would. It’s smart and happens all the time at every level. Is it lame? sure, no fan likes to see that. The see a guy laying on the ground, they’re gonna boo.

    I’ll admit, if I was at the game, on the other side of the field 100+ yards away, the opposing team is time wasting, and I see a player laying on the ground, I’m gonna boo along with the rest of a stadium.

    If I was in Portland and a Sounder is on the ground and the stadium boos, I’d understand too. So I don’t get when people have a holier-than-thou stance towards booing a player (in pro sports) Happens more than you think, most all teams have done it at some point, and soccer players admittedly are natural injury exaggerators. So move on.

    Eh, just my attitude towards it.

  16. OPMG says:

    I wonder if Sounders fans would vehemently defend the virtues of turf if the team announced tomorrow that they are installing real grass in the stadium next season? Just a thought. My guess is no.

  17. Hodge says:

    Funny how so many grudges are held against a side that hands down has the best FO in the league. Huh? No?