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Of course, I could scarcely make out a word the announcers had to say the whole time, so it wasn't until after the game that I learned the Sounders went the whole way without a shot on goal. Zero shots on goal and then penalty kicks--now that's what you call winning in the ugliest way possible. But hey, championships don't require style points and they don't come with asterisks.
By the same token, anyone who thought Toronto dominated the Sounders was watching a different game than I was. Agreed with Spike Friedman's assessments.
This was not the showcase game to win over the skeptical North American sports fan to the joys of soccer, or the showcase game to win over the discerning European football fan to the quality of MLS, but I'm already a convert, and in my little corner of the world, I'm basking in the afterglow and feeling some collective pride.
That's how low the bar for great Mariners moments is.
Not Griffey Jr's fault!