Less than three minutes into the match, Obafemi Martins put the Sounders in front, and they never looked back. Lamar Neagle also added to his career high tally of 8 goals, and Michael Gspurning earned his tenth shutout of the year as they kept RSL scoreless to win it 2-0.
It’s always fun to shoot these matches when they open up the entire stadium. You would think there isn’t a huge difference between 38,000 for a regular match and the 55,000 that showed up on Friday night. But those extra 17,000 voices really do make a difference in the overall volume and energy. And it’s clear that the players really feed off of it. They are now 6-0-0 with a goal differential of 14-1 when playing in front of crowds of more than 55,000.
They are planning to open up the entire stadium just one more time: October 27th, the last regular season match against L.A. Galaxy. Should be a good one!