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A match, a ceremony, a horn, and a hilarious photo

08 July 6:01 pm

A match, a ceremony, a horn, and a hilarious photo

By Wayne Brant

On Sunday, the players arrived at Starfire Complex around 10:30 for the 12 pm match. After getting ready they took part in the Opening Ceremony, which included a welcome message from Sounders VP Gary Wright and a Washington Olympian reciting the Special Olympics oath:

“Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Rapids Olympian Andie Zitek then sang the national anthem and we were ready to kick off.

Our captain Mackenzie Beauvias-Niki scored for us, and Dominic Sisneros played a great game in goal, taking a couple hard shots off the chest and hands. But in the end it was the Washington Olympians that came away with the 5-1 win. 

However the score seemed almost secondary to the amount of fun these athletes had. It was a special event, complete with the Soundwave band which showed up at halftime and played most of the second half and post-game

They then had former U.S. National Team and Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller lead awards ceremony, and he was joined by Sounders players Cato and Roger Levesque.

Conor Coleman - who if you've kept up on these post, you realize is a ham - was infatuated with the big horns of the Soundwave, and he made a new friend that let him try it out.

And what has been perhaps the most hilarious moment of the entire trip, Colorado's Ipsen Ayala photo-bombed the Sounders team picture with the team, Southwave, Keller, etc. Check out photo and his pose below – it explains it all. It was all in good humor and everyone got a good laugh.