Sounder’s Most Memorable 2011 #4: Sounders vs. Sporting KC
Every second counts. Sounders win in the last minute of stoppage time with an amazing header goal by Sounders defender Jeff Parke. His first goal as a Sounder and first goal since 2004. Here are some exerpts from my thoughts from the match back in May, 2011:
“After last weekends production against the Timbers, going into the game last night was a much more relaxed feeling for me. Sporting KC had only won 1 out of the last 8 games, all of which were on the road. They had some returners to the bench including Omar Bravo, an aggressive forward who could do some danger. Then I remembered, this also was the team Ochocinco ‘tried out’ for. haha. Amused….
The stadium filled up right when the whistle blew. The weather was looking up, but then came down a bit later into the match. The first half was an awkward one to watch. Slow, no flow, no one seemed to be clicking. It almost seemed like no one really cared to play. But thats just from my perspective……the second half did start off a bit better with some necessary subs. Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales seemed to be overly frustrated with the calls, and so it was a good to send in forward Mike Fucito. Nate Jaqua came in as well and made some more impact up top, but none successful.
…The time dwindled and 90 minutes passed. 4 minutes of stoppage time were added on. In the 3rd minute Tyson Wahl crossed in a corner kick and Sounders defender Jeff Parke was there to head the ball in for a magnificent, emotional goal. His first goal as a Sounder. The 2nd year in a row we scored and won a match in stoppage time against Sporting KC. The eruption from the stands was incredible and the smile on Jeff Parke’s face was contagious. Absolutely awesome. I hadn’t seen the bench with the coaches ever rush the field before during the game, with time still ticking. And they did, with Parke rushing in to the arms of teammates Servando Carrasco and Mauro Rosales. The whole team followed and it was such a relief to win the match after such a frustrating experience. ”