Reaction to a fun night of soccer in Seattle

Well that was a good time, wasn’t it? With two Sounders in the starting lineup, the U.S. National Team beat Panama 2-0 in what was the first World Cup qualifier in Seattle since 1976. And if the passion shown by the 40,847 in attendance, as well as the reaction of players to that crowd is any indication, this region won’t have to wait nearly as long to get another important U.S. game.

Yes Seattle is tough to get to for European-based players, and yes a temporary grass field is hardly ideal, but Tuesday night showed that those are inconveniences worth putting up with.

“Obviously you can’t talk about the game tonight without talking about the crowd,” said midfielder Michael Bradley. “Unbelievable. The best crowd I’ve played in in the United States without a doubt. So from all the players, a big thank you to everybody who was here, to everybody in this city who makes this a special night for us, because people don’t know what a difference it makes when you play in an atmosphere like this.”

Added US coach Jurgen Klinsmann: “Amazing crowd. It was just a wonderful atmosphere. The players enjoyed it tremendously. We all did.”

Of course Sounders players Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson have been telling their US teammates about crowds in Seattle for a while, and the fans certainly did not disappoint.

“I’ve been telling the guys all week, ‘Wait ‘til game day, watch how the fans are.’” Johnson said. “That’s all the boys are talking about after the game, the crowd.”

Johnson added that, while he can’t name names, more than one player in the locker room told him they’d love to play in Seattle some day.

Here’s what Evans had to say about it: “It was insane. From warm-ups to thanking the crowd after the game, it was absolutely nuts, but to be expected. It’s nothing new, so not surprising at all.

“Everybody is so impressed. It’s really gratifying for them to be outspoken about it, to say, ‘You guys have something special here.’ Why it took so long to get one here, it is what it is, but now that it’s here, you’d better believe there will be more to come in the future… The crowd was absolutely insane tonight, the guys had nothing but positive things to say about it.”

And US goalkeeper Tim Howard: “It was really, really cool. It was inspiring for us.”

More in Sports

After slow start, Huskies roll past Colorado 37-10

Myles Gaskin rushes for 202 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Washington wins its Pac-12 opener.

Silvertips fall to Winterhawks 7-4 in season opener

U.S. Division-favorite Portland scores six goals in the second period to sink Everett.

Anything can happen this season for Silvertips

An A or an F. That was the assessment of what the… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans inactives report

Change comes to Seattle’s offensive line, and running back Eddie Lacy is back in uniform.

REFLECTIONS: Silvertips fall to Winterhawks in season opener

The Game The 2016-17 season started with much promise. The Everett Silvertips… Continue reading

Seahawks embattled O-line set to face Titans’ pressure defense

Can Seattle rise up and repel Tennessee defensive guru Dick LeBeau’s aggressive pass rushes?

No. 18 Washington State crushes Nevada 45-7 to stay perfect

Luke Falk tosses five touchdown passes as the Cougars improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2001.

Mariners pounded by Indians

Seattle commits five errors, gives up four home runs in its 11-4 loss.

Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

President Trump said the athletes who don’t stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” should be fired.

Most Read