I got to go the US Open Cup Championship last night with my brother! Oh my goodness, it was a night of craziness...
First, the game was delayed 45 minutes for heavy rain, lightning and hail. The hail pelted our car as we were in line to park, but thankfully it stopped before we had to get out of the car. And, as luck would have it, the parking attendants had to abandon their posts for safety reasons so we got to park much closer than they normally would allow us to! We sprinted through the rain to the stadium and waited in a wind tunnel of chilly air (especially chilly against our wet jerseys) for the rain delay to end. Luckily our side of the stadium was rain-free because of the way the wind was blowing.
As the weather started to clear up, we were graced with a lovely DOUBLE rainbow! It started at Nebraska Furniture Mart and ended above the Sporting Fare store. I didn't know which end would hold my pot of gold, so I just stayed put.
A new banner was made especially for this game. It said, "For the Glory of the City." Word.
The game was grueling. Even though Sporting had possession for the majority of the game, they were definitely having trouble getting it through the net. In fact, each team only scored once. By the end of regulation time we were tied 1-1. Next came the extra 30-minute OT. We looked simply exhausted and I was certain that we'd let another goal slip through Nielson's gloved hands. By the end of OT, we were still tied 1-1.
Time for the Penalty Kick death round! Both teams scored their first kicks. We missed our second, putting Seattle ahead. In the third round Matt Besler scored for Sporting and Seattle shot well over the bar. Tied again. Zusi shot well over the bar in the fourth round and Nielson blocked Seattle's shot. Still tied. Nagamura got Sporting's final shot on his second attempt after Seattle's goalie got whistled for crossing the line before the shot was fired. Sporting was up by one. One shot to go. Could our puma hold Seattle off for one more shot? YES. HE. COULD. And
YES. WE. WON!!!!!!
Our MVP Jimmy Nielson had the honor of putting up the new numbers on our Champions wall. So cool!
All in all, it was a very long day, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! Must have been the double rainbow.
What's you favorite sport? What's your favorite sport memory?