Adam Moffat had been to CenturyLink Field before as a member of the Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo. He was even there for the U.S. Open Cup final in 2010 when Sounders FC won its second of three Open Cup titles.
On Sunday, it was a much different experience for the veteran midfielder as he made his home debut with Seattle in a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in front of 39,083 in attendance.
“It’s nice to have all those people rooting for you rather than rooting against you,” he said. “It’s cool.”
Moffat entered the match on Sunday as Seattle’s only substitute in the match, replacing Mauro Rosales for the final 11 minutes. He managed one shot, winding up for one of his signature long-range blasts in the 87th minute only to have it blocked at the edge of the box.
He has now made two appearances for Seattle in very different circumstances, though both ended the same way. Against the LA Galaxy last week, he played the final 25 minutes and played a stingy defensive midfield role along with Osvaldo Alonso and helped Seattle hold on for a 1-1 draw on the road.
On Sunday, Seattle pressed for a late goal to break the tie with New York, but wound up settling for the 1-1 draw. While the Sounders maintain their seven-match unbeaten streak, the result could have been a better one.
“We got the lead and maybe we could have taken a few more chances in the first half,” Moffat said. “It was a good goal for them, but it was disappointing for us.”
Head Coach Sigi Schmid will likely turn to Moffat down the stretch as Seattle seeks to clinch a playoff berth with a victory on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. With five matches remaining, there are still plenty of opportunities for Moffat to see playing time and his role off the bench looks to be a beneficial one in those crucial matches.
With two of the final five matches at CenturyLink Field, he now knows how it feels to have those fans behind him and wants to play his part in sending them home happy.
“Obviously we were disappointed at the result. We expect to win the home games,” Moffat said. “It was good to get out there, but I would rather win the game.”