Costa Rican scion Ronald Matarrita has been no stranger to MLS honors during his impressive rookie year in the league. But on Saturday at CenturyLink field, he did one better: he found the back of the net and shut the door on the hometown Sounders.
Good on ya, kid!
Mata added five successful tackles and the usual relentless work rate to his late clincher. For his troubles, Major League Soccer felt the need to pile on the plaudits along with the rest of us.
Just for kicks, WhoScored.com named New York City's "Ronaldinho" its Man of the Match on Saturday with a divine 8.2 rating.
This is already the third TotW honor for Matarrita on the year, with an additional appearance on the weekly honor roll's "bench" back in April. Indeed, the Tico Magnifico's brilliance is becoming more and more of a given around the league. Perhaps, one day, the big European brands will come calling. But until then, NYCFC fans are lucky indeed to be able to let the magic of Mata wash over us week after week.