Defenders rarely steal the headlines, let alone a second-year left back making his first MLS start, but nestled within Sounders FC’s wild season-opener was a big moment for Dylan Remick.
The 22 year old, after a standout preseason, got the call when Leo Gonzalez wasn’t ready to go as he completes his recovery from offseason groin surgery.
“It was pretty awesome,” Remick said. “Walking out there before the national anthem is something I’ll never forget. It was pretty special. My parents were here, too, so that was pretty cool for them to see. It was a great game — fun to be a part of, fun to play. Obviously it’s a lot better when you score in the 94th minute, so yeah, you can’t ask for a better ending to a first start in MLS.”
Remick, you might remember, led the Sounders with three assists in preseason, leading coach Sigi Schmid to single him out as one of the breakout players in the buildup to this season.
In that regard, it felt like the minutes were earned Saturday instead of just a result of an injured starter.
“It’s never good to get an opportunity because someone is hurt, especially Leo, who’s been so helpful to me in my progression as a player, but it was good,” Remick said. “I did have a lot of confidence. I felt I had played well in preseason and all my teammates, Brad (Evans), Ozzie (Alonso), Djimi (Traore), Chad (Marshall), DeAndre (Yedlin), they’re all so helpful to me in the game. They’ve helped me in preseason as I sort of just found my rhythm. I feel comfortable playing with them and I’m fortunate they were really helpful. I just took it from there, relishing the opportunity and enjoying it all.”
There is still growth to be had, though, as Schmid noted in his evaluation of Remick’s performance.
“He did alright,” the coach said. “I think he can play better. He would say that to you, as well. He knows he can play better than he played tonight. A little bit of nerves, a little bit of uncertainty, but that is something with more games it will go away.”
Emotions, of course, are always different that first time at home. Remick’s only MLS minutes previously came in Colorado last year, 25 minutes off the bench in that horrible 5-1 loss.
“It was crazy,” he said again of Saturday. “I’ve been up in the booth and on the bench a few times, but to actually be the one walking out when the ‘boom boom clap’ goes and the national anthem, it’s just something I’ll never forget.”