In pregame ceremonies, the current team honored former Sounders by announcing them as they walked onto the field.
After a video of old Sounders highlights on the big screens here at Qwest, Frank Barton, John Best, Tony Chursky, Pepe Fernandez, Chance Fry, Jimmy Gabriel, Bobby Howe, Tommy Jenkins, Jimmy McAlister, Mark Peterson Jeff Stock, Ian Bridge and Walt Daggatt and Brian Schmetzer were honored. The Brougham End unfurled a huge banner that read “Sounders 1974-2009” with four stars below that.
And Alan Hinton, former Sounders coach and current broadcaster, was presented the Golden Scarf.
Then the U.S. Open Cup was brought out and placed on a table, highlights of the final were shown and Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth and Drew Carey held it aloft. A banner proclaiming Sounders FC as 2009 U.S. Open Cup champions was unveiled above the west stands.
Pretty neat…the banner is nice and it matches others in the rafters.
One last thing I want to add, I’m still a little embarrassed and definitely humbled by those of you out there who have seen me in person and recognized me and said hello. Thank you for that. Last night at my soccer game, I came on as a sub and the first guy I saw from the other team said, “Hey Jose, how are you, nice to meet you.”
Speaking of that match, we came up on the short end but the two things I can share with you are that I missed a pretty good scoring chance and I was called for a foul. Oh yeah and I got a stupid parking ticket at Marymoor Park, what’s up with having to pay a buck to park in the lot? ITS A PUBLIC PARK! Oh well….
Oh and my bad, I said Colorado-San Jose is tonight. It was last night. A 1-1 draw. Colorado has 37 points, and New England 34 after its draw last night with New York.