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The scene at BC Place before the Sounders and Whitecaps kicked off Saturday was something to see.
Thousands of fans came to the stadium early and were cheering and groaning with every big play in the UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC, which was shown on the big screen above the field. Players and coaches would constantly peek up during warmups to see what was going on. When the game went into overtime, and cut into the first minutes of the Cascadia action, the game was taken off the video-screen, so several fans went to the concourse to watch the final tense minutes.
Chelsea FC battled despite being clearly second-best the whole game and was able to send the game into extra time with a dramatic equalizer by Didier Drogba. The Blues eventually won via penalty-kick shootout, with Drogba providing the clinching shot (the highlights are posted above).
And that brings us to one cool consequence: The Sounders will be hosting the champions of Europe in a couple months. You might remember that the English club is coming to CenturyLink Field for a July 18 friendly as part of its summer tour.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked if that friendly became a bit more special after Chelsea’s big win.
“Yeah, obviously it’s great when you’re playing against the Champions League winners,” Schmid said. “That’s a great thrill for our club and I think it should be a great day for our fans. Chelsea, deservedly with the trophy, gets a chance to honor their team on this tour, as well. It’ll be a great day.”
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What do you think? Is July 18 any more special to you now? Are you more excited for the game? Fearful of another blowout defeat? Indifferent?