Last night the Sounders played again, this time at home in Seattle. It was a late start, 8:00 Wednesday night game, not great for a school night/work night, but still just under 40,000 fans were there.
We were there too, of course. As we lined up for the March to the Match in Occidental Park, the Emerald City Supporter leaders brought the Cascadia Cup that the Sounders had won in Vancouver for the 2018 season.
I decided I needed to hold it. I gave Tom my phone and walked up, tapped the guy on the shoulder and held out my hands for the trophy.
I think you can see that they thought it was pretty cool. I thought so too.
The game itself was intense. We were playing Philadelphia, a strong team from the eastern conference. As we near the end of the season, every match matters for teams trying to make the playoffs. The Sounders have been on a run, winning the last nine matches in a row.
Alas, Philadelphia scored in extra time at the very end of the match, to bring our hopes and our win streak crashing down.
I know many of you are not sports fans, but most of you are passionate about something, so you understand disappointment. But all good things must come to an end, and the playoffs are still a real possibility.
We march on!