That could be the end of this post, and anyone who went to, watched or even read about the Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 dismantling of the little brother Portland Timbers last night would say that one word describes the match perfectly.
On the heels of a slightly boring and unimpressive four-week stretch, a healthy and rested Rave Green side took the field bursting with confidence and filled the net with goals in front of over 66,000 fans packed into CenturyLink Field, ranking the match as the No. 2 all-time highest attended MLS match in league history.
Although the stats, shots and time of possession may show a match that went in the Timbers favor, the scoreboard is the truest reflection of how the game was really played. In fact a 3-0 victory may even leave this team a little upset that it wasn’t a five or six on the board.
The win not only keeps the Cascadia Cup in Seattle (for possibly another week — scenarios coming later this week), but it jolted the Sounders into third place in the west, two points above and one game in hand against fourth place Los Angeles.
Fredy montero worked tirelessly on both sides of the pitch, and although he was only credited with one goal, he was centimeters away from a second hat trick of the year, only being denied by a Futty Danso own goal and a Donovan Ricketts fingertip save.
Eddie Johnson had opportunities as well, finishing a beautiful in-swinging cross from Brad Evans on the half volley past a helpless Ricketts.
In a game where the forwards got all the attention, it is easy for fans to look past the real stars on the pitch Sunday evening — Christian Tiffert and the back four (yes, that would make an awesome blues group name).
Tiffert played with the tenacity of a wolverine while pumping premium gasoline though his cold, robotic German heart for the better part of 80 minutes. It was key pass after key pass from Tiffert who played by far his best match as a Sounders.
Equally up to the task were the Sounders back line of Adam Johansson, Jeff Park, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo Gonzalez, all of whom went down with injuries at some point with the exception of the Swede. They pressured the likes of Darlinton Nagbe and Bright Dike, not allowing them room or an angle to get off a good shot.
And of course when a Timbers opportunity did arise — well let’s just say we have Michael Gspurning and they don’t.
Now comes a week off for the Sounders before a Wednesday match up between them and second place Real Salt Lake, a critical match to determine Western Conference seeding. A Sounders win and they’ll take over second place (on goal differential as both teams would be on 55 points) with a game in hand.
It’s a good time to be a Sounders supporter — because right now, we look damn good.
Madison is the Digital Media Producer at the Yakima Herald-Republic. Originally from Spokane, Madison is a die-hard Seattle Sounders FC and USMNT fan. Along with loving soccer, he has an affinity for tacos and good bourbon — heck, even bad bourbon sometimes.