Sounders FC hosts the Portland Timbers on Saturday, May 14 bringing back a premier Pacific Northwest derby to a live national audience. First kick is 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
The New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy have been pitted against each other by the higher ups of MLS to be a big name rivalry. Unfortunately, it hasn’t lived up to the billing; that is until last Saturday’s match. Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan scored goals for their sides and a few confrontations led to a tense environment.
However, the rivalry may have started after the match when Red Bulls striker Luke Rodgers gave his opinion of the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan’s interaction with the referee. He said:
“The kid’s a d***head,” the former Notts County player said of Donovan. “I just think the kid’s a f***ing prick.”
Check out all of Rodgers’ comments here.
When a few of Landon’s Twitter followers asked him about Rodgers’ comments he replied, “I’m confused, who is Luke Rogers?” Clearly misspelling his name and pretending to not know him, I bet that stings Rodgers a bit. Although it does confirm Donovan can be a bit of a “d***head”.
The Houston Dynamo’s rookie forward out of Indiana University, Will Bruin, struck for 3 goals on Friday night against D.C. United and unveiled his “Dancing Bear” goal celebration during the process. For full match highlights from this game.
It’s official the Seattle Sounders are my new favorite team. The Sounders have done everything right when it comes to creating a solid fan base. Seattle has taken a page out of European giants such as Real Madrid in their management of the club but they also stick to their American roots, even having a marching band walk into the stadium with fans every game.
I think the rest of the MLS needs to take a look at the Sounders and model their clubs in the same “fan first attitude” Seattle has taken. Teams like the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas, who cares about you? Its time to step your game up, do some marketing, especially social media focused on whatever fans you have. You have some of the worst attendance figures in the league; it might be time for a change.
When Seattle first started their franchise, owner Drew Carey (yes, the comedian Drew Carey) promised to get fans involved and have a stake in decisions for the club’s direction:
“Fans will have a say in the direction of the franchise, including a vote on retention or lack of confidence for the general manager every four years.”
Even when the Sounders are not doing well, they still sellout Quest field and in the process have made it the toughest place to play in the MLS.