Buenas noches amigos!
Bill Russell, the legendary NBA player, received the Golden Scarf before the match.
FCB is wearing the SUPER LOUD and BRIGHT orangeish-pink jersey and socks, blue shorts. WOW….man, this makes the Rave Green look dull. Seriously.
7:41 pm game on.
3 — Busquets takes an arm from Jaqua and is down for a second
3– L. Gonzalez sets up a run, passes and the cross to Jaqua with the shot, but it’s a weak one easily saved.
4 — Keller with a save on Krkic and then on Alves as FCB breaks free. Much like what Chelsea did against Sounders FC with Anelka and Sturridge in the middle.
7 — Sanchez to Messi who flies up field with the ball, draws free kick with foul on Marshall at top of the box. Free kick by Messi goes over the goal.
Leo Gonzalez is off to a good start in Sounders FC debut. He’s playing really far up. The crowd is buzzing every time FCB makes a run, especially when Messi gets a touch. Definitely a lot more FCB in the stands then Chelsea had, but still more Seattle colors.
12 — Messi out on the run and it’s a 3 on 2 as Messi goes to Krkic, back to Messi and to Henry who’s shot is wide. Man FCB is fast and Sounders FC is just trying to catch up.
14 — Montero limping after being fouled. Amazing how deep FCB gets into SEA’s goal area when it is on the attack. Seattle is lucky to have this at 0-0 right nowl.
15 — Zakuani puts a move on Puyol and it results in a corner for SEA.
16 — Messi just dribbled around three defenders and got a shot that Keller saved.
19 — Bad goalkick by Pinto right to Ljungberg at top of the box, Ljungberg’s shot is wide left….oooohhhhh, the crowd groans as that was a golden opportunity.
21 — GOAL FCB…Messi with a 23-yard blast from the arc above the box after passes from Xavi and Abidal. 1-0 FCB. Qwest is stunned quiet.
25 — Messi dribbles and takes another shot from the right of goal that goes off side of net.
28 — Henry with a smooth cross with Riley on him and so close to being a perfect assist. Barcelona is just that good. It’s passing is flawless.
30 — Marshall almost looked silly trying to clear.
31 — Busquets yellow card after foul on Ljungberg.
33 — After Ljungberg and Alves do a little jawing, Jaqua to Riley to Montero who can’t get off a decent shot.
34 — Hurtado with a tackle on Messi and he’s down for a bit, but back up.
39 — Krkic with a touch and the ball rolls toward the goal, ends up hitting the far post and doesn’t go int. Jerry Brewer: “The best miss I’ve ever seen.”
41 — Henry to Xavi with long ball to Messi, his shot beats defender and goes between Keller’s legs for a GOAL. 2-0 FCB.
43 — Montero shoots wide left after Zakuani crosses to him.
HALF 2-0 Barcelona.
SUBS for both teams to start second half
Seattle: Evan Brown at RM, Nyassi and Levesque at F, Neagle at LW, Vagenas and Sturgis at CM, Graham and Ianni at CD, Scott at LD. Boss at GK. Riley is lone holdover.
For Barca, Jorquera in goal. Pique, Gudjohnsen, Keita, Suarez, Maxwell, Dos Santos, Muniesa, Henrique, Toure and Rodriguez replace the 11 starters.
Daniel Alves is down on the FCB bench wearing an LA Dodgers cap backward! Yes! My favorite FCB player!
First action of the season for the oft-injured Taylor Graham.
61 — Wahl in for Riley for Seattle.
Levesque has a chance but its saved before he can get there. Game has taken on a less exciting rhythm to it.
70 — Boss with save of Rodriguez.
75 — Suarez from Rodriguez, GOAL FCB. Boss never had a chance. Great cross.
77 — Fucito in, Brown out for SEA. Fucito at FWD, Nyassi to RW.
Crowd is a new record for attendance at soccer match in Seattle. 66,848. That beats the old record of 66,830 for the Real Madrid-DC United match in Aug. 2006 at Qwest.
83 — Yellow card Fucito.
89 — GOAL Rodriguez unassisted FCB. 4-0.
FINAL 4-0 Barcelona.