On a perfect sunny evening in Seattle, Sounders fans were treated to two long awaited spectacles; a Sounders win and the return of number 11, Steve Zakuani. After a ten game winless streak and a near year and a half absence, both events made for a memorable night at Qwest Field.
The Sounders came out of the gate with guns blazing hoping to take three points in one of their few summer home games. The formation had been altered slightly from previous games with Mauro Rosales playing a withdrawn forward role as Fredy Montero sat on the bench. Alvaro Fernandez appeared to have finally begun to find his form as he made several darting runs from the outside wing and playing some great give and go football with Rosales and Eddie Johnson. The game was tied 0-0 going into halftime.
At the second half whistle, the Sounders continued to look dangerous. In the 52nd minute the rave green broke through as Mauro Rosales served in a corner kick which found the head of Fernandez who netted his first goal of the season. Little more than ten minutes later Rosales served in another divine corner to Eddie Johnson who smashed the ball in the net with a towering header to continue his goal scoring streak. The Colorado Rapids got their consolation goal in the 79th minute through Omar Cummings and Sounders fans around the stadium grew anxious. But the nerves turned into jubilation in the 86th minute when the sub placard displayed the number 11 for the Sounders. Jogging onto the field for Mauro Rosales was Steve Zakuani. The crowd gave a standing ovation for Zak as it was his first MLS appearance since suffering a broken leg at the hands of coincidentally the number 11 for Colorado, Brian Mullan. It was surely an emotional night for both Zakuani and Mullan and when the final whistle blew, the two exchanged shirts in a great display of sportsmanship to compliment an already perfect night for the Seattle Sounders.