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A day later, has it set in?
Sounders FC, fielding a less-than-full-strength roster, went down to face a star-studded Monterrey side and beat the defending CCL champions 1-0. It was only the second win by an MLS team in Mexico in 26 tries, and arguably more difficult than FC Dallas’ victory last week over a youth-laden UNAM Pumas’ lineup.
Alvaro Fernandez continued his great season by scoring the memorable goal, which was set up wonderfully by Pat Noonan. Goalkeeper Terry Boss, save for one slip-up, was phenomenal in earning the shutout. Coach Sigi Schmid, once again, pulled all the right strings (is he a top contender for MLS Coach of the Year?).
Some are going so far to call it the biggest win in league history. That point is debatable, as it would demand that it was the biggest win in team history, but it’s certainly in the discussion.
Instead of arguing that point, I want to hear from you. Was this your favorite Sounders FC win? If not, what was?
I have a list of 10 options in chronological order after the jump…
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Sounders FC 1, CF Monterrey 0 (Aug. 23, 2011) — It didn’t exactly write history, but beating a strong Monterrey lineup — which included Suazo, De Nigris, Cardozo, Zavala and others — is an amazing achievement, especially with some regular starters getting the day off.
Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers 2 (July 10, 2011) — Nothing like beating your main rival in their house, right? Whether it was being able to claim a better tifo or coming back twice, surely that was a day Seattle fans will never forget.
Sounders FC 2, Real Salt Lake 1 (May 28, 2011) — Another notch in the belt for the streak-busters. This one ended RSL’s 29-game home unbeaten streak. Patrick Ianni and Lamar Neagle notched the big goals in the pouring rain.
Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 5, 2010) — Another night to remember. CenturyLink Field was absolutely electric as Seattle successfully defended its U.S. Open Cup title, becoming the first team in the MLS era to win two in a row.
Sounders FC 4, Columbus Crew 0 (Sept. 18, 2010) — Perhaps the most lopsided and stunning road win I’ve covered. Blaise Nkufo netted a hat trick as Seattle went into Crew Stadium and dominated a very good team.
Sounders FC 1, Portland Timbers 1 (June 30, 2010) — Can’t get enough of beating a rival and prevailing 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout in this U.S. Open Cup match provided maximum drama. Kasey Keller had two saves in the tiebreaker and Zach Scott netted the winner.
Sounders FC 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Oct. 1, 2009) — Perhaps the original streak-busting win. This one ended the Crew’s 22-game home unbeaten streak. Roger Levesque had the goal, but Tyrone Marshall had a clearance off the line and also stamped on the PK spot, which might’ve affected Schelotto’s spot-kick miss.
Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 1 (Sept. 2, 2009) — The original U.S. Open Cup triumph and perhaps a result that established Seattle as a team to contend with, even in Year 1. Expansion sides aren’t expected to win trophies, right? Wrong.
Sounders FC 2, Portland Timbers 1 (July 1, 2009) — A game that’s remembered often for Levesque’s infamous goal celebration after scoring 48 seconds into the game. Stephen King also scored in Seattle’s first win over its main rival in a competitive game.
Sounders FC 3, New York Red Bulls 0 (Mar. 19, 2009) — The inaugural game will never be forgotten. The game that got it all started couldn’t have been scripted any better. Lots of of goals, a shutout and the opening chapter to some amazing things to come.
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What do you think? I’m sure I forgot a couple, but here are 10 to get us started. Be sure to add your own favorites…