It was an league opener of epic proportions, and with a 3-0 triumph, the Seattle Sounders did not disappoint the crowd of over 32,000 that had gathered to see the newest MLS team in action.On the night that Seattle launched its newest soccer venture, it also might have launched a new star into the stratosphere.
Colombian Fredy Montero scored a brace and totured New York's defenders all night with his lightning-quick moves into the box. Coach Sigi Schmid substituted the forward, who joined the league just this year, late in the match so Montero could back in the cheers of the adoring crowd.
Midfielder Sebastien Le Toux, who assisted on Montero's first goal, singled the striker out for praise. "I felt this was an awesome night for me and the team - beyond any expectations. Fredy Montero is a joy to watch and great part of the team."
Sanna Nyassi, another midfielder who was active in launching Seattle's attack all match long, was still a bit in awe after the game. "I never expected this result. Fredy Montero is an incredible player."
Montero himself was impressed by the atmosphere in Seattle: "The support of the fans was incredible. We were there to make them happy to meet their expectations. This is the start of big things and be prepared for even more."
Though New York's Juan Pablo Angel is another Colombian who has won many plaudits in the league and is even tipped as an early candidate for Most Valuable Player, Montero was not intimidated in the matchup against his countryman.
"We know that Angel is amazing," Montero said. "I want to create my own history."
With such a stunning start, Montero is well on his way.
Yet another Colombian, New York Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, praised Seattle's performance.
"Give them all the credit to them, they were more effective and they had two chances in the first half."
Osorio, who guided New York to the final of the MLS Cup last season, couldn't say how big of a factor the screaming Seattle fans were.
"I don't know. I don't want to make excuses like it was the crowd because we have to be able to play in games like this. We have to do a lot better, defensively and offensively we were not on our game today."
John Zielonka, Goal.com