Seattle Sounders FC

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The second main event of our trip to Washington: attending a Seattle Sounders game. Good times. I promise you, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never been interested in soccer before in your life, you’d want to attend one of these.

Before game time, we ate at Ivar’s on the Seattle waterfront along with Colin’s parents.

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Seagulls will eat a french fry right out of your fingers. Nature at it’s finest. We used to eat here before Mariner’s games at SAFECO Field so it’s only logical to make this a regular part of our Sounders experience, as well.

That and the gathering at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square. It’s here that the Sounders’ own marching band riles up the crowd before entering Qwest Field. (Trivia nugget: Drew Carey, one of the owners, agreed to buy into the team only if they had a marching band!)

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There’s noting like taking part in establishing tradition. Who would have thought “geeking out” with the band before the game could be so much fun?

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It was here at the game that we were able to meet up with up with Marc and Deanna. Colin and Marc go way back. Back to the days of roommates and staying up too late playing “Super Mario Kart.”

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These are funny friends.

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Sounders vs. Barcelona— the current European Champions. The best team in the world. The Sounders are nothing to sneeze at but they’re a young team in a young league. No one really thought they’d win this “friendly” game. But it was fun to see them play, all the same.

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Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer player extraordinaire and arguably best in the world, showed off his sweet soccer moves to Colin’s great pleasure. I’m sure half the people there attended the game just to see him play. He did not disappoint.

Final score: 4-0 Barcelona. Alas, no love for the Sounders. Still, a great evening.

Thanks, Tami and Joe, for watching los niƱos so we could go!

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