For anyone who thinks major pro soccer can’t succeed in the U.S. – Seattle Sounders FC begs to differ. This two-time U.S. Open Cup-winning franchise set the Major League Soccer record for average attendance in 2009 at 30,943 fans and shattered its own record last season at 36,173. Soccer fever has officially taken over Seattle!
Established 1974 (NASL)
1994 (USL 1st Div)
Play in CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134-1200, United States
CenturyLink is the home field for the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).
Sounders training facilities and offices are located at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila Washington.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Winners (2): 2009, 2010
Heritage Cup: 2010
Popular Figures Thru The Years
The majority ownership of the Sounders is Hollywood producer Joe Roth. Minority owners are Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen and Drew Carey.
Seattle Sounders FC Thru The Years
The Seattle Sounders’ transition into pro soccer has been quite seamless. The squad qualified for the playoffs in each of its first two MLS seasons.
Most notably, Seattle Sounders FC has been a force in the U.S. Open Cup, which is the oldest knockout tournament in the country, dating back to 1914. Seattle won it in both 2009 and 2010.
What makes Seattle Sounders FC particularly special: this is the ultimate team for the people. Its minority owner, comedian Drew Carey, helped establish a support group for the team called The Sounders FC Alliance. Inspired by FC Barcelona’s fan association, the Sounders FC Alliance can vote on the removal of the general manager and on other team decisions. Season ticket holders automatically earn membership in the alliance; other people can buy membership or be voted in with 25 or more nominations.
Seattle Sounders FC is a source of pride for the city, an ultimate symbol of sports democracy. A team that lets ifs fans decide its fate? It doesn’t get any better than that! No wonder soccer’s popularity is through the roof in the Emerald City.
Great Sounders Links
Century Link Field Photo