Yes, I am a Seattle Sounders FC supporter, but I remain unbiased when viewing and writing about all of their matches. This was one of the most physical matches I have ever seen. Kei Kamara put Sporting KC on the scoreboard with a penalty given when a ball struck Zach Scott's arm. Scott then tied the match at 1-1 with a headed goal from a Mauro Rosales free kick. Bodies were being thrown all over the place. Heads were being knocked into one another and elbows were being dished out as if every player thought they were Dikembe Mutombo fighting Charles Barkley for a rebound. After 90 minutes, stoppage time and two extra 15 minute periods, we were headed for a penalty shootout.
In the end, the match could have gone to either team. Like I stated in the opening, both teams are supremely talented, athletic, competitive, and deserving of this title. The next question for each club is, where do they go from here? Both are contending for the MLS Cup title, but it is clear they want to expand their brand and winning "reach" beyond the United States' boundaries. This means competing for multiple MLS Cups and the CONCACAF Champions League title as well. Seattle is in the current version of the competition and Sporting KC qualified for the 2013 tournament with their victory last night. It is clear that last night's match was a springboard to domestic achievement as well as achievement abroad for both clubs.
Lastly, on an unrelated topic, I want to mention a person whom I have never met before, but respect greatly. A fellow Aston Villa supporter, Carly, lost her mother last week. We are similar in age and I have thankfully not had to go through what she has. We have communicated through email and Twitter over the past couple of years about Aston Villa football. Maybe I will get to meet Carly some day when I travel to England for the first time to see my beloved Villans play a match in person, but for now my thoughts are with her and her family.