I tweeted this but I figured, since I have this blog and I haven’t used it much lately, I should expand on my thoughts concerning the three greatest Sounders goals ever — one of which happened today.
1. Djimi Traore
Mar. 13, 2013 — In 2013, Djimi Traore, most well known from his stint as part of Liverpool’s 2004 – 2005 Champion’s League winning squad, though he arrived in Seattle by way of France’s Marseille. As a new member of the squad’s backline, alongside Deandre Yedlin, club legend Zac Scott, as well as Leo Gonzalez.
During the 2013 season, Seattle participated for the Concacaf Champions League. In the quarterfinals, they faced the Mexican side, Tigres. They lost 1 – 0 when they played in Mexico, so when they hosted the club they had to win by at least 2 goals or else risk losing due to the away goals tiebreaker if Tigres managed to score in Seattle, which they did.
This goal took the Sounders to 2 – 1 in their game, putting them within striking distance of advancing past Tigres, moving on to the Concacaf Semifinals, making their best showing in the tournament ever.
2. Obafemi Martins vs. San Jose
May 17, 2014 — In 2014, the Seattle Sounders would go on to win the Supporter’s Shield for the first and, to date, only time this season. It was this season that Sounders fans were first treated to a complete season of the Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey duo, well, mostly full season. Clint doesn’t feature in the clip you’re about to see, but Obafemi Martins certainly does.
Obafemi Martins is a journeyman soccer player, having played in leagues from Italy to England, Germany to Spain, all before coming to Seattle to be the front man for the Sounders. He’s an incredibly talented player who is quite beloved still by Sounders fans, having just been selected as a member of the teams’ Best XI ever. He left the Sounders in 2015, wooed by the lure of money and a new challenge, heading off to play in the Chinese Super League.
With Oba fone, this goal remains as a wonderful example of the magic Oba was capable of while wearing the rave green. And cherish, as we all do, the look on the poor keeper’s face after Oba’s wonder goal.
3. Raul Ruidiaz vs. Atlanta United
July 14, 2019 — In 2018, the Sounders signed Peruvian national Raul Ruidiaz from Mexico’s side Morelia. Raul has proven himself a lethal offensive weapon, having after this game scored 17 goals in just 22 appearances. Raul has quickly earned himself a seat among the most elite scorers in Sounders history.
Raul’s goal here is a magical goal, earning accolades from around the league and leaving many wondering if it might be a contender for the goal of the year in MLS. I’m not sure if it is that good, but it certainly has a chance for the series of touches Raul was able to pull off in his second season with the club.