Sounders vs. Boca Juniors

The Sounders season-ticket holder behind me wondered if the Boca Juniors were a teen team, maybe the youth-outreach arm of some club called Boca? No they’re adults, named after the Buenos Aires suburb where they’re based (for 105 years!), and they’re here for the Sounders’ first friendly (of three) this season. Our team’s second season has seen some of last year’s euphoria fade, with an exhibition-match loss to . . . Jesus, Portland—that dumped a big bucket of cold, muddy water on the start of the season; a demoralizing 4-0 crushing by Los Angeles; and a brief stint at the bottom of the rankings. A loss to Boca tonight—eh, no big deal, they’re legendarily awesome (with a roster full of stars like Martin Palermo, their all-time leading scorer with 220 goals to date, who’s been selected to play on Argentina’s World Cup team, currently ranked #7 in the world). But a win . . . a win might just briefly restore the ecstasy of Opening Day 2009. GAVIN BORCHERT

Wed., May 26, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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