Sounder’s Most Memorable 2011 #9: Sounders vs. San Jose
With the season quickly approaching I figured the ninth most memorable game of 2011 was a good one to get everyone pumped for the season.
There are special nights in soccer, and then there is this special night in soccer; when a city comes together to show their respect, admiration and support for one of the best US Soccer players of all time, Kasey Keller. Over 64,000 fans came out to root him on, according the Sounders press release ” The attendance of 64,140 for the regular season finale was the most ever for a competitive soccer match played in Seattle or the Pacific Northwest…..It was also the third-largest crowd for a single match in MLS history and, according to World Soccer magazine, it was the fourth-largest crowd in the world to watch a soccer match on Saturday.”
On Saturday, October 15th the Sounders took on the San Jose Earthquakes in what was the last regular season home game for Kasey Keller. Here are some excerpts from the press release for the match:
” Two late goals from Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero provided Sounders FC a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory over the San Jose Earthquakes before 64,140-the third-largest single-game crowd in MLS history-on Saturday night on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field…..Goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a season-high seven saves to keep Seattle within reach, and was honored in a postgame tribute following his final home regular season match. Keller, 41, has announced he will retire at the end of the season…..Montero sent the Sounders FC record MLS crowd into a frenzy in the 87th minute. He took a short feed from Lamar Neagle and beat Quakes keeper Jon Busch to the right corner from 12 yards. Brad Evans also assisted on the play. Montero has scored or assisted on a goal in his seven consecutive games, and he tied his team record with 12 goals.”