Greatest Day in Seattle Sports History: April 25, 2009
Today, April 25, 2009, had to be one of if not the greatest day in Seattle sports history. For many reasons.
The second reason, for all Seattle Sounders FC fans out there, the Sounders won their fourth game and goal keeper Kasey Keller set an MLS record for not allowing a goal in a new MLS-record 389 minutes, which includes the 29 minutes before he was sent off against KC.
The record was held by Ronald Waterreus who opened with 375 scoreless minutes for the New York Red Bulls in 2007.
And last but not least the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the LA Angels 9-8. They are now 12-6 and stand atop the AL West.
Everyone predicted the Mariners to finish last again but this is still a great start for the Mariners.
But the key reasons why this is one of the greatest days in Seattle sports history is because of Aaron Curry and Kasey Keller’s MLS record.
The only possible down side to the day was the Seahawks letting go of Leroy Hill. But the day as a whole for the Seahawks was great.
Let's now go through the Seattle sports teams and see how there day went and why it equals one of the greatest days in Seattle sports history.
1) Seattle Seahawks: Draft Day
The Seahawks started the day with the NFL draft. They had the fourth overall pick in the 09 draft and the possible picks were OT Eugene Monroe, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Michael Crabtree and LB Aaron Curry.
Now on a lot of people's mock draft, Curry was projected to go to the Kansas City Chiefs third overall. Instead they took DE Tyson Jackson and passed on the No. 1 player in the draft LB Aaron Curry.
That allowed the Seahawks to be able to pass on a plain value pick like Mark Sanchez who wouldn’t be an immediate impact player and select a value pick AND a immediate impact player in Aaron Curry. That adds a huge defensive presence to the Seahawks.
Then in the second round the Seahawks decided to trade their pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2010 first-round pick. This could turn out to be a huge steal for Seattle because if the Broncos defense doesn’t step up and be the 29th defense in the league again and considering Kyle Orton is no Jay Cutler talent wise, this team could earn a top 10 pick next year which would help out the Seahawks a lot.
Because the Seahawks are aiming to win right now, which is why they signed T.J Houshmanzdeh and drafted Aaron Curry, who are both immediate impact players, so if the Seahawks go deep in the playoffs and hopefully a Super Bowl title, they could still draft a guy like Taylor Mays or decide than next year is the better year to get a QB for the future. Either way, they will have two first-round picks.
So this was a great day for the Seattle Seahawks organization and Seahawks fans.
2) Seattle Sounders FC
The Sounders FC started the season 3-0 with three straight shutouts. But they have lost their last two games without GK Kasey Keller. Keller in his first three games had all clean sheets.
He kept that going tonight against San Jose and didn’t allow any goals for his fourth consecutive clean sheet. By doing that he set a new MLS record for not allowing any goals. He’s gone 389 minutes without allowing a goal, which broke the former record of 375 minutes.
Not only did Keller shut out San Jose but Seattle picked up two goals via Steve Zakuani his second goal of the season and Brad Evans also his second goal of the season.
This gives the Sounders a 2-0 win, earning the three points they needed to get back on a winning note.
So this was a great night for the Seattle Sounders FC organization to get back on a winning note along with their fans.
3) Seattle Mariners
The Mariners were supposed to do horrible this season that included not doing great in the month of April. But they are 12-6 and atop the AL West.
They held on to beat the LA Angels. Also, SP Carlos Silva got his first win since last August. He had been 1-17 since going 3-0 in his first three starts as a Seattle Mariner. So Carlos Silva broke his slump, and the Mariners just keep on winning.
A great win for the Seattle Mariners, especially Carlos Silva, and it keeps the fans happy.
NOTE: The UW Huskies held their second Purple vs. white spring game. All of the starters did very well with new head coach Steve Sarkisian on board. QB Jake Locker went 16-of-18, throwing two TDs and 200 yards in a 33-0 win.
That's a nice sight for Sarkisian and his entire coaching staff.
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