Starting this early. 6:09 p.m. Owner Joe Roth is down on the field addressing the fans.
He got in a shot at previous Seattle sports team owners by saying: “We should make one thing very clear, there will be no midnight exodus out of this city. We’re here to stay.”
OK, Seattle’s starters are Keller, Riley, Hurtado, Marshall. Zach Scott, Nyassi, Alonso, Evans, Le Toux, Montero, Jaqua. Just as I predicted earlier. Keller is the captain.
Roth handed out a gold scarf, which he said will be a game day tradition, to MLS commissioner Don Garber. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire placed the scarf around Garber’s neck to a smattering of boos.
6:20 p.m. Team is introduced. Taylor Graham, Chris Eylander, Kevin Forrest, Evan Brown, Jarrod Smith, Peter Vagenas and Freddie Ljungberg are not playing. Not a great job by the PA announcer, who got some names wrong, but I guess you have to cut some slack on the first night.
First minute, hard tackle by Evans on NY’s Sinisa Ubiparipovic. He’s hurting. Le Toux on left side for Seattle, Nyassi on right.
10:59 1st Le Toux finds Montero on the right side and Montero line drives it home for a GOALLLL!!!! 1-0 Seattle. Crowd going nuts.
12:06 A foul on Alonso outside the box, free kick for NY, missed over top of the goal.
Near miss by Jaqua on pass from Nyassi. Shot just wide.
20th minute yellow card to Kevin Goldthwaite of Red Bulls. Remember Bobcat Goldthwaite from Police Academy?
24:38 — Montero floats a pass to the left to Brad Evans, and his shot goes through the keeper’s legs. GOALLLLLL Sounders FC, 2-0.
Side note: Some guy just fell out of the stands in the South end zone. He went over the railing and security had a word with him before escorting him out of the stadium.
Looks like Angel just complained for a call on Hurtado for hitting him in the shoulder, and Angel gets the NBA treatment. Yellow card for Hurtado at 31:42.
34:04 Jeremy Hall in for NY, for Andrew Boyens.
-Nyassi nice individual play to get the ball away from GK, but can’t get a good shot.
-1:00 minute stoppage time.
HALFTIME 2-0 Seattle. So far, a big success.
SECOND HALF —
Montero goes down but no foul called. He’s a little slow to get up. I just saw a replay of his goal and he, Hurtado and Alonso performed a neat little line dance in celebration.
-Keller saves a corner kick at 60-minute mark. Sigi Schmid is wearing a warmup suit, his counterpart Juan Carlos Osorio is in a business suit.
-Montero just took a ball off his face while running with a Red Bulls player in pursuit. He’s down momentarily but gets back up.
67:50 — Steve Zakuani in, Sanna Nyassi out for Seattle. Keller than makes a great save on NY’s Macoumba Kandji.
70:30 –Keller with big save on Jorge Rojas, then Evans with run. Great center pass, Le Toux fans on it and Zakuani can’t finish. So close.
FUNNY thing, an announcement of “No cheering in the press box” just was made here in the press box. I’m sitting next to the lovely Lisa Gangel who is thoroughly enjoying every minute and she keeps hitting me on the shoulder when Seattle scores. She cheers slightly, but nothing compared to some of the other shouts when Sounders FC has scored. I’m guessing no one is following the “no cheering rule.”
74:18 Montero another GOALLLL. Nice little stutterstep, stop and shot. 3-0 Seattle. I’ve seen Montero do this tons of times in practice. The guy is having a breakout night.
87th minute — Just playing out the string, it appears. This has the makings of a triumphant night for Sounders FC and soccer in this city. Here comes a Le Toux corner, second try and Evans just misses.
-90:00 – Roger Levesque in, Montero out, and the ovation is huge!!! Big hug from Schmid. Seattle, meet your soccer superstar. Attendance tonight — 32,523.
GAME OVER, 3-0 Sounders FC. It’s been a joy to watch.