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Seattle Sounders 101

 
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
 
General Stuff
Full name: Seattle Sounders FC
Nicknames: The Sounders, Rave Green
Official Color: Green (because we’re the Emerald city, get it?)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Founded: 2007
Owners: Joe Roth (majority owner), Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen, and Drew Carey (all minority owners)
General Manager: Adrian Hanauer
Head Coach: Sigi Schimid
League: MLS
Rivals(?): ~FC Portland~ but it’s not a big deal tbh

Stadium: Qwest Field
Completed in: 2002
Been occupied by Sounders since: 2009 (1st full season)
Capacity: 35,700 normally but is expanded to 67,000 for special MLS events
Dimensions: 114 yd × 74 yd (104.2 m × 67.7 m)

LOL, yes. We share it with the Seahawks.

At night, because it’s gorg.


A Bit of History:

Before the first cities in the US were chosen to host Major League Soccer teams, Seattle was considered a viable location for a professional team. In 1994, as the US was preparing to host the FIFA World Cup, more than 30 cities were pursuing the rights to an MLS team, among them Seattle. However, despite the strong soccer fan base in Seattle, the absence of a soccer-only stadium was a drawback to establishing an MLS team.

By the June 3, 1994 deadline for MLS team bids, Seattle organizers had only secured a little over 1,300. These low numbers were a result of competition between the ticket campaign for the MLS expansion team and for the American Professional Soccer League (APSL) Sounders expansion team. Five more teams were to be announced later in the year and to improve their chances, Seattle MLS organizers began working with the University of Washington to secure use of Husky Stadium as an interim stadium while they pursued the construction of a permanent soccer-specific facility. In November 1994 the start of the first MLS season was postponed from 1995 to 1996 and it was noted that the absence of an "adequate grass-field facility" in the area and the presence of the new APSL Seattle Sounders team had thwarted Seattle's MLS bid. In 1996, as Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen worked with the city to build a new football stadium for his team, the potential of an MLS expansion team that could be a co-tenant helped drive public support for the effort. Many of the state's voters supported the referendum to construct Seahawk Stadium because it was expected to be a professional soccer venue.

While the stadium problem was being resolved, a new issue emerged. By 2000, the MLS was moving away from league-operated teams to investor-operated teams, so wealthy individuals would need to step forward for Seattle to obtain an MLS expansion team.

In 2002, Seattle was again listed as a possibility for an MLS expansion team when the ten-team league announced plans to expand into new markets.

In 2004, MLS commissioner Don Garber indicated that Seattle had been "very close" to receiving the expansion team awarded to Salt Lake. Adrian Hanauer, then-owner of the United Soccer League's (USL) Sounders (formerly the APSL Sounders), was in discussions with MLS about an estimated payment of $1 million to secure rights to a Seattle franchise for 2006. When Seattle was passed over again during the 2006 season (the team went to Houston), Hanauer announced that he would not be able to secure an expansion team without the help of more investors willing to help cover the increasing MLS franchise fees which had grown beyond $10 million.

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Osvaldo Alonso
Osvaldo Alonso, #6, midfielder. Badass that defected from the Cuban national team by walking out of a department store undetected when the Cuban national team was in Houston for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Terry Boss
Terry Boss, #13, goal keep. Played 45 shutout minutes in friendly vs. Chelsea FC , older brother of New York Giants (NFL) tight end Kevin Boss, and majored in finances at Tulsa University.

David Estrada
David Estrada, #16, forward. Selected with 11th overall pick in 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Coach Sigi Schmid has stated, “David Estrada was a good option for us because of his ability to play in the wide channel and to play up top”, and he has a history major with a minor in Chicano Studies.

Brad Evans
Brad Evans, #3, midfielder. Earned first three U.S. National Team caps during 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, “Favorite soccer memory was winning the MLS Cup in 2008”, and he Scored 54 goals in four seasons at Phoenix’s Mountain Pointe High School.

Alvaro Fernandez
Alvaro Fernandez, #15, midfielder. Played in four matches for Uruguay National Team, the semifinalists, during the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup, capped 11 times by Uruguay, including appearances in six qualifiers, and this is a bad photo of him.

Michael Fucito
Mike Fucito, #2, midfielder. Became the sixth player (and first since 2005) in MLS history whose first goal was a game-winner in stoppage time, HE WENT TO HARVARD (and so does his brother), and he spent first MLS season on disabled list, his only two appearances limited to friendlies.

Gonzalez
Leonardo Gonzalez, #19, defender. Capped 60 times and played in 2006 FIFA World Cup for Costa Rica, joined Seattle following 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and became fixture at left back, and has a son named Leandro.

Taylor Graham
Taylor Graham, #26, defender. Represented Puerto Rico in three international friendlies (including the team’s first win in 14 years) during early 2008 before FIFA eligibility rules were clarified, speaks fluent Spanish and French and went to STANFORD.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, #34, defender. Finalist for 2009 MLS Defensive Player of the Year and selected to MLS All-Star Game, has appeared in 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia and had a trial at AC Milan (LOL HE COULD BE PLAYING WITH IBRA RN) and appeared in friendly with German club Hannover before signing with Seattle.

Patrick Ianni
Patrick Ianni, #4, defender. Member of Houston’s 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championship teams , no. 8 overall pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft , helped the U-23 National Team qualify for the Olympics by playing the full game in three of the five qualifying matches in March.

Nate Jaqua
Nate Jaqua, #21, Forward. Top career scorer on Sounders FC, with 41 career MLS goals and 24 assists, helped Houston repeat as MLS Cup champion in 2007, and he’s been capped for the U.S. National Team three times.

Kasey Keller
Kasey Keller, #18, goal keep. He is the captain, 16 years playing in three of Europe’s top-flight leagues: English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga, and selected by teammates as captain (for Borussia Mönchengladbach), only the second American to captain a top level German club (after Claudio Reyna).

Roger Levesque
Roger Levesque, #24, Forward. Scored game-winning goal for Seattle in 86th minute of U.S. Open Cup final at D.C.

Tyrone Marshall
Tyrone Marshall, #14, defender. Two-time MLS All-Star (2003, 05), two-time MLS Cup champion (2003, 05), two-time U.S. Open Cup champion (2005, 09), named Seattle’s Defender of the Year after starting 25 of 26 matches and notching two goals and two assists in 2009, has 69 caps and five goals for the Jamaican National Team.

Miguel Montaño
Miguel Montano, #32, Forward. Became youngest player in club history to don the Rave Green when he entered the L.A. Galaxy match on May 8, made first international appearance for Colombian Under-20 National Team on April 22, playing as a reserve in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador, played in 20 games for Club Atlético Quilmes in 2009, scoring 10 goals.

Fredy Montero
Fredy Montero, #17, forward. Twice was a winner of Colombia’s Golden Boot for leading first division in scoring in 2007 and 2008 and has been capped four times by Colombia’s national team since 2007


Blaise Nkufo, #9, forward. Scored over 200 goals for club and country, including a record 114 goals for FC Twente and has 33 caps for Swiss National Team, scoring five of his seven goals during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup .

Pat Noonan
Pat Noonan, #25, forward. New England’s No. 3 career leader in goals (37) goals and assists (29), two-time MLS All-Star selection, member of 2008 Columbus Crew MLS Cup winners.

Sanna Nyassi
Sanna Nyassi, #23, midfielder. Named MLS Humanitarian of the Month in April 2010, scored one goal and added two assists in 2009 U.S. Open Cup play, third player signed to Sounders FC on 9/5/08

James Riley
James Riley, #7, defender. Contributed a carer-high four assists in 2009, started 94 times in 122 career appearances with New England, San Jose and Seattle, half-Korean, nicknamed “Giggs”.

Mike Seamon
Mike Seamon, #22, midfielder. FUNNIEST NAME EVER.

Zach Scott
Zach Scott, #20, defender. First career MLS start came three days after signing, in Seattle’s first ever game, a 3-0 win over New York and key defender for USL-1 Sounders during championship seasons of 2005 and 2007.

Nathan Sturgis
Nathan Sturgis, #12, midfielder. Started five of nine appearances for Seattle in 2009, featured on the U.S. U-20 MNT that made quarterfinals of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and his mom or dad’s name is Smiley.
 Peter Vagenas
Peter Vagenas, #8, midfielder. Started 178 of 202 regular season MLS appearances, has appeared in three MLS Cups, starting two (2001, 2005) and winning two (2002, 2005), captain of Galaxy’s 2005 double, winning both MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup, and helped lead the 2004 Olympic squad to a fourth place finish in Sydney, Australia, the best U.S. finish ever.

Tyson Wahl
Tyson Wahl, #5, defender. Started nine of 12 appearances for Seattle in 2009, and played in all six U.S. Open Cup games and helped lead California to quarterfinals of 2005 NCAA tournament.

Steve Zakuani
Steve Zakuani, #11, forward. Finalist for 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year, led all MLS rookies in scoring with four goals and four assists and was the top selection in 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

All the text: Wikipedia
Player Pictures and facts from official site.

If you want more info, you should go to the official site. It’s amazing and the layout is great. <3

Well, this might be a no1curr thing, but I think there are some other Seattle girls (or am I alone? idk) who also follow the Sounders. xD


Tags: club: seattle sounders, introductions, league: major league soccer (mls)
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