Andy Rose: The Hero That the Seattle Sounders Deserve
The Seattle Sounders already have the prolific Clint Dempsey. They have a goal-scoring machine in Obafemi Martins. They even have Lamar Neagle, who has a certain knack for scoring goals.
With all of this offensive firepower, it was quite astounding when in the 90th minute (93:40 to be exact), substitute Andy Rose blasted a rocket into the bottom left corner of the goal to help the Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 3-2 on Friday night.
The match seemed to mark the same old routine that the Sounders teams in past years set - scoring excellent goals only to give up silly goals themselves. Neagle and Martins had their goals cancelled out by those of Real Salt Lake, and as full-time came around, the Sounders seemed to be heading towards another draw.
But the hero - Andy Rose - stepped up.
Outside of Seattle, not many have heard of Andy Rose, a 24 year old Australian who has been playing on the Sounders since 2012. In fact, if you began following the Sounders as of late, you might not have remembered Andy Rose was even on the team since he suffered from a torn meniscus on June 3rd, returning recently on August 13th. During that period, the Sounders have been one of the hottest teams in the MLS, but surprisingly, with Andy Rose in the lineup, they have looked better than ever. Consider this: Since returning to the lineup of the Seattle Sounders, Andy Rose has scored 5 times. This includes 3 goals in just his last two MLS matches.
Whichever way you look at it - an unlikely hero, a player in the right place at the right time, or a young lad hoping to prove his worth on the team - Andy Rose has shown that he has the skills to produce quality performances every single match.
Now the Seattle Sounders sit 4 points clear of second place LA Galaxy, and with a solid record (17-7-3), look to command the western conference and plow their way to the MLS title. Though the Sounders have not won a single title since their expansion approval was given in 2007, with young players like Andy Rose scoring spectacular goals, they are surely on their way.
Whether Rose can replicate his amazing last-gasp effort in the next MLS match against the New York Red Bulls (September 20th) remains to be seen.
However, whether they win or lose, the Sounders know that they have a hero in the young 24 year old, one who can change the game with just a single beautiful shot.