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It was a typically entertaining, spirited contest between American soccer's greatest rivals. Seattle center back Xavier Arreaga, playing in his first derby, collapsed to the ground in front of the Timbers Army in exhaustion and exultation when the final whistle sounded, the Timbers' Jeremy Ebobisse kicked the air in frustration.
The result mattered. It always does. But on this night, the result, the soccer, was secondary.
The night's main event took place in the stands, where, for the first 33 minutes of the biggest game of their season, the Timbers Army, Emerald City Supporters, and Gorilla FC protested Major League Soccer's ban of the antifascist Iron Front symbol as loudly as they could — by falling silent.Continue reading »