I wrote the following article for E Pluribus Loonum, a sports website that covers Minnesota United FC and MLS. Read the original here.
Two of Major League Soccer’s marquee teams lined up today in the first of two games to decide the Western Conference Final.
After Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready opened the night with a soaring rendition of the national anthem on electric guitar, the match started without a hitch (no redrawn penalty box lines needed).
The Rapids started the first half with a quick tempo, particularly on the counter. While the Sounders managed a dangerous attempt on net in the seventh minute, substitute Colorado keeper Zach MacMath protected the net admirably. Colorado quickly brought the ball back into play and sent six men on the attack, a blitz that nearly resulted in a goal after a well-placed cross by Dominique Badji.