So here we are. It’s time to say goodbye. Goodbye to the blog – at least my role on this blog. Goodbye to the Seattle Times and thanks for giving me the opportunity to cover soccer on a daily basis. Goodbye to you, the most passionate and compassionate soccer fans in America. Goodbye to Seattle Sounders FC, an organization of fine people. Goodbye to Seattle, period. Man I am going to miss all of the above.
Last night the soccer movie “Green Street Hooligans” was on TV and even though it’s a movie about fans brawling starring Elijah “Frodo” Wood, I had to fight back the tears. I have grown to love this game so much and I have you people to thank for helping that happen. You also taught me things about the game and allowed my personality to come through and make this blog community the place it has become. Couldn’t have enjoyed the success I did without you.
That’s me in the office for the last time.
This blog will be in good hands, and I can promise you that our coverage of Sounders FC is still going to be very strong. For the time being, one of the most soccer-knowledgeable guys I know and a guy some of you probably know, Josh Mayers, is going to handle the blog. So support him, read him, follow him, talk to him, email him and treat him right. You will find that Josh truly cares about the beautiful game.
I know I’ll be back one day to catch a game at Qwest, so if you recognize me, say hello. Arizona is a long way away but Seattle will always be in my heart. As I said before, nothing but the most ultimate of personal goals would have taken me out of this city and this job, and that’s what it took.
We had our differences at times and I know my open support of certain teams didn’t go over well with people, but the vast majority saw through that and recognized my work and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the well wishes and farewells.
2009 was the best year I have ever had in Seattle and maybe in my life. Together, we made history. Together, we shocked the world and even shocked Sounders FC with the support you showed. Together, we embraced players from different countries and celebrated so much. And it’s only just the beginning. Thanks.
I could sit here and reflect on my 11 years in Seattle – all of the high school games, Seahawks games, Super Bowl, Sonics games, Mariners games, UW games, and the countless other things I covered. The laughs and funny stories and good times and road trips and plane rides and press boxes. But I will always be able to say that I was there when Sounders FC began, and I documented the beginning.
I’m going to start working right away when I get to AZ, covering spring training for the Associated Press (Mariners and White Sox). I hope you’ll continue to follow me on Twitter (@mividadeportiva). And of course, we can always talk soccer – I stil hope to write about the sport for some Web site or news organization whenever I can.
I can’t leave without saying goodbye in my own way (ya me conocen -you know me) so I leave with my favorite “goodbye” song. It’s a little cheesy, yeah, but I’m a sucker for ’90s R&B. Take care my friends. No equal.