Seattle Sounders Matchday!!
So excited for today’s games for four reasons:
- Early returns on the Sounders makes them out to be the class of the league.
- The San Jose Earthquakes, their supporters AND management, are insufferable. I can’t wait to watch Oba, Deuce and Co. carve them up.
- It’s the first game of the season I’m attending (my wife and I bought the Sea of Green half-season package)!
- I get to rock my new Sounders gear.
So I realized obsession with sports-related clothing is bordering on neurosis. Something deep and atavistic about tribal affiliation and the mammal brain gets triggered when I don my Sounders gear. I become one of many, wearing our colors.
I got my authentic Pitch Black jersey with the 40th Anniversary patch for my birthday last Thanksgiving. Consequently I only got to wear it for one game, the anticlimactic second leg of the Western Conference Finals. Now I get to wear that awesome jersey again. I also bought a Rave Green Mariners 59/50 cap to match the Pitch Black ensemble. My old shale hat clashed with the Pitch Black, and I’m nothing if not sartorially-inspired.
San Jose is getting better. I am impressed by the Earthquakes’ commitment to the re-boot, bye bye Bash Brothers hello Matias Perez Garcia. The Quakes started dumping players from the old system last season and the transition should be near complete as San Jose’s once and future coach Dominic Kinnear actually coaches soccer, not “tackle and flop.”
San Jose’s defense is… adequate, but goals will be hard to scratch out. Poacher extraordinaire Chris Wondolowski, the franchise’s long-time leading man, is quite the square peg in the new-look San Jose attack.
All that said, Seattle are leagues better than San Jose. The Quakes are in a transition and just don’t have the talent on the roster to put up much of a fight against the Boys in Famous Green. Seattle continues their hot start 2-0.