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July 27th, 2018 · No Comments

Although I wouldn’t become aware of All the gripping news over King James announcement regarding which NBA Franchise he’d grace next with his presence until late Saturday evening after attending a Football match.

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Saturday, June 30th, when much of the globe was gripped in Football Fever, not our 800lb NFL Gorillia! Nope, this one’s the one Y’all play with your feet, which us Yanks call Soccer, Mates.

Thus much of the globe was awash in World Cup Fever, as unbeknownst to Mwah, my Good Friend Randall, “thy Moniker King” of No Fenders, your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe’s “Day Job;” Err main “Sports” Blog; but I digress…

As Randy had even planned our pickup time to coincide with when the first half of Uruguay vs. Portugal was over. For which I found it hilarious when I decided to leave the room momentarily, only to hear the Announcer Shrieking when Uruguay scored its first goal seven minutes into the match, going ahead One-Nil.

And even though Randy’s a lifelong “Man U” and England Fan, which apparently England’s World cup squad has some Manchester United talent upon it. Along with one of Belgium’s top players.

Randy’s also a Diehard Seattle Sounders FC Rave Green Fan, who’s had two “Primo” Season Ticket seats since Day-1, Wayback in Twenty-oh-Nine. And reiterated to Mwah, he’ll keep them forever…

As Randy’s gracious enough to not only take me to one match per year at Der Clink’, nee Century Link Field. But also allows me to pick any game; err match of the season.

El Soundero!

Since I prefer day games, this year I chose to attend the Portland Timbers match, since the two respective team’s history dates back to the North American Soccer League (NASL) era.

And although attendance was down this year, vs. past 64,000+ Sellout Crowds. Nonetheless, the announced attendance was a robust 47,521, which was pretty impressive due to the weather, World Cup and Sounders woeful performance this season.

Arriving early, after removing everything from all of our pockets and passing thru security as it spitted rain. We stood outside within a large crowd gathered around one of the multiple Big Screens set up solely to show us the Uruguay vs. Portugal World Cup match, for which I totally wanted Uruguay to win. Who were leading 2-1 when we got near the Big Screen, which must have been underneath an awning, since we stayed dry whilst watching the match.

Having missed all three goals, as Uruguay now led 2-1 with Portugal throwing everything at them in the waning minutes! I’d wanted Uruguay to win in order to send Cristiano (Ronaldo) packing, along with (Lionel) Messi, who’s Argentina Squad had been eliminated earlier in the day.

Reaching our seats, the crowd was Pumped! And after we’d done player introductions, or was it before? Sometime early on the Sounders “Brass” very wisely introduce Seattle’s newest signing, Peruvian Striker Raul Ruidiaz, who will apparently don the number 9 when he begins playing for us.

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As the crowd shouted RAUL,
RUIDIAZ!
RAUL,
RUIDIAZ!

In homage to the Leagua Mexico Player who Randy says just signed a $14.5m contract to come North of The Boarder, Ci!

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Other pre-game festivities included a Hilarious parity played upon the stadiums Big Screens of various people from Portland saying They Loved Seattle!” As even better yet, as laughter rang about, I suddenly heard “I’m the Mayor of Portland and I Love Seattle!” Before Randy explained to me they were all from Portland, Maine and even had Lobster Claws to Boot!

And then the game began with the Portland Timbers Army across the pitch to my left Beating Thar Drums loudly! While Seattle’s own Drum Corps pounded back countless chants in Seattle’s support, including when the entire stadium yells Sea
Attle
Sound
Ders!

And the people standing around us were quite entertaining, as I heard one loudly jeer What Game Are You Watching? I could See that From Here! Apparently towards the Referee…

since although we never got to break out in unison “The Ref’ss A Wanker!” The crowd did delight in vociferously singing a new Chant I’d never heard before, for which Randy sung me the lyrics to during a lull in the action.

Build a Bonfire
Build a Bonfire
Put the Timbers on Top
Put the Whitecaps in the Middle
And We’ll Burn the Fuckers Up!

Whilst our Neighbours from Up North eh! Those Bloody KuhNucks are so G-DAMN’ Polite. as Thar version of the Bonfire song has its two opposing Cascadia Cup opponents first, and then Cheerily says and we’ll Burn the Bloody lot Up!

Yet sadly, although not unexpected, the Timbers basically toyed with us, by finally leading for the first time ever in Seattle vs. the Sounders FC, since the Timbers returned to Major League Soccer (MLS) play in 2011. when the raucous Stadium suddenly went Deafly Quiet just three minutes into the second half with Portland going ahead One-Nil early in the match.

As I asked Randy when pointing across the field, is that Portland’s corner? Since it was the only L-O-U-D portion of the stadium.

Yet the Sounders made it interesting, causing the Rave Green Diehard Supporters to erupt in glee not once, but twice, upon coming back both times to equalize the score 2-2, before Portland ultimately put the game away 3-2 in their favour.

As we exited “Stage Left” about the 85th-ish minute of the match, as Randy was somewhat Disgusted over Seattle’s sloppy play, as we stepped into an empty Loo’ with the game being Piped in overhead, to hear Clint Dempsey being given a Yellow Card, as the game got quite ugly towards the end.

As I’ve got NO idea if Seattle can somehow claw their way back into the MLS Playoffs this year? And I’m also uncertain if it was his first game as a Sounders FC member? Since I do know that Raul Ruidiaz came onto the pitch sometime during the Sounders Two-Nil win over the Whitecaps at Century Link Field during the middle ‘O July…

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