It's a long season of ups and downs, and that was seldom more obvious than listening to Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning after Seattle's 3-1 win over Toronto. Just three nights after giving up all six goals in a 6-1 loss at Santos Laguna, Gspurning was able to joke about the almost-meaningless one he gave up tonight.
Asked to describe the goal by Ryan Johnson, Gspurning reached into his locker and pulled out a bright green fedora purchased for St. Patrick's Day -- or at least I hope it was -- put it on his head, and tipped it. "I have to take my hat off to him," he said. "It was a great goal. I will (ask goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra) tomorrow if there is something else I could have done, but I don’t think so. I don’t think there was anything to do about it and congratulations to him."
More from Gspurning:
Q: Is the reaction you wanted from the team after the loss last week?A: It was exactly the reaction we wanted to have. It was not easy to forget the loss, but it was so important for us to win the opening game in front of our home crowd. It gives us a lot of power for the future.
Q: What was it like being in front of this crowd for the first time?A: I don’t have word to describe it. It is so great to be here and I am so proud to be part of the Sounder’s family. Thank you to everyone who was here today and to the people who usually come but were unable to get tickets today. Thank you so much. I think the people saw that we did everything to celebrate this day today with the fans and the win. It is a great St. Patrick’s day for us.