Sounders Brings First Supporter’s Shield Title To Seattle
By Cheval John
When a person’s name is called to go into a game, they must go in with the mentality that they will make a difference for the team.
That is exactly what Marco Pappa did by scoring two goals in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy to capture their first ever MLS Supporter’s Shield.
Both teams came into the final game of the regular season tied with 61 points even though the Sounders had two more wins than the Galaxy.
The Galaxy needed to win this matchup in order to secure their fifth Supporter’s Shield, which would have been a record.
The Sounders only needed a draw or a win to secure the regular season title and home field advantage in the playoffs.
That set up an intriguing game at CenturyLink Field, where the atmosphere of 57,673 thousand screaming fans made it felt like an English Premier League contest.
Both teams played intense as they were fouls committed all over the place and a total of six yellow cards issued in the match.
The Sounders did not registered a shot in the first half and were looking to get on the board.
Then Sounders’ coach Sigi Schimd decided to bring in Pappa at the 73rd minute to replace Brad Edwards that changed the course of the game.
Pappa came through in the clutch in the 85th minute when he received a pass from Obafemi Martins in the box and buried the go-ahead goal in the net that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
His second goal that secured the win, came in stoppage time when he took away the ball from goal keeper Jaime Penedo and chipped it over a defender into the net.
Despite the proven star power of Clint Dempsey and Galaxy’s Landon Donovan that brought viewers to watch this important game on NBC, Pappa stole the show and lifted the Sounders to their first ever Community Shield title.
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