The Sounders adrenalizing 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew brought the Crew's 22 home-game non-losing streak to a screeching halt and propelled us to 3rd in the West/5th in the playoffs. It was nothing short of fucking awesome.
Our unstoppable first-half defense (countering Columbus' relentless attacks—they did beat us 17-7 in shots). Columbus hitting the post. Levesque's late first-half goal. Hurtado shutting down Schelotto. Marshall clearing the ball from the goal-line. Crew Moreno's dramatic yellow-carded fake foul. Hurtado's sloppy foul and Schel-opps!o's missed PK; Alonso's Ljunberg-like run/shot/hitting the post; Keller's laundry list of saves.
Damn, what a game.
Reviewing the Sounders psycholo-analysis cheat sheet reinforces the theory that the Green Freaks save it for when it matters. New England? Didn't matter. Columbus, mattered big. They pulled a major upset and showed (again) how to play under pressure.
Suffer, Husky, Seahawks, Mariners, Sonics fans. Your pain is of your own creation.