Kasey Keller took a celebratory flip over the goal after Sounders FC’s 2-1 triumph over Columbus in the U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday night at Qwest Field. Turns out Seattle has more to celebrate as it is finally official, they will participate in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League with the victory.
There had been some uncertainty and conflicting reports in the match’s buildup as to whether the CCL berth was guaranteed like last year. Turns out it is.
Here are some of my thoughts to wrap things up in this competition.
1. Good thing Sanna Nyassi delayed his call-up to the Gambian national team. The young Sounders FC midfielder is probably in flight right now to Burkina Faso for an African Cup of Nations qualifier. And what a happy flight that will be. The light has apparently clicked on in his finishing abilities and having another scoring option makes Seattle that much harder to beat. What great improvement we’ve seen from him this season.
2. This was a team win in the fullest. Sure there were stars Tuesday night. But don’t forget Nate Jaqua’s five goals in the first three rounds. Or Zach Scott’s game-clinching penalty kick in Portland. Or Tyrone Marshall and Taylor Graham locking things down in the back. Or an assist or two from Miguel Montano. Or the center midfield pairing of Mike Seamon and Nathan Sturgis early on. Everyone contributed.
3. Is it time to start thinking about a double? Only three MLS teams have won the Open Cup and MLS Cup in the same year. Sounders FC is the only team in the league with that possibility now and right now it looks like this team can’t be stopped. Qualification to the playoffs could come as early as Saturday with a draw on the road in Kansas City.
What stands out to you?