32 Facts About Seattle Sounders


Seattle Sounders Football Club is an American professional men's soccer club based in Seattle.

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The Seattle Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer .

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The Seattle Sounders are a phoenix club, carrying the same name as the original Seattle Sounders franchise that competed in the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1983.

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Seattle Sounders has longstanding rivalries with fellow Pacific Northwest clubs Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, with whom it competes for the Cascadia Cup.

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The Seattle Sounders are ranked as one of the most valuable franchises in North America.

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The Seattle Sounders operate a players' academy and lower-division teams that have produced homegrown players, including forward Jordan Morris and defender DeAndre Yedlin.

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However, despite the strong soccer fan base in Seattle Sounders, the absence of a soccer-only stadium was a drawback to establishing an MLS team.

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In 2003, Seattle Sounders was again listed as a possibility for an MLS expansion team when the ten-team league announced plans to expand into new markets.

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In 2004, MLS commissioner Don Garber indicated that Seattle Sounders had been "very close" to receiving the expansion team ultimately awarded to Salt Lake.

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Seattle Sounders was the first MLS expansion team to win its first three matches, and they did so with a shutout in each.

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Seattle Sounders finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins, 7 losses, and 11 draws.

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The first match of the season was played at Qwest Field, with Seattle Sounders hosting a new MLS expansion team, the Philadelphia Union.

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However, Seattle Sounders followed the win by losing 8 of its next 14 matches.

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Seattle Sounders opened the 2012 season with a run of five straight wins in April and May, but fell into a month-long, nine-match winless streak in June.

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The Seattle Sounders finished third in the Western Conference and qualified for the playoffs, where they advanced out of the first round for the first time in the team's history.

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Seattle Sounders began the MLS season with a run of five matches without a win, the worst start in the team's history, due to injuries to key players.

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The Sounders failed to advance in the U S Open Cup after losing to second-division Tampa Bay Rowdies in the third round, marking the end of the team's seven-year streak of appearances in the later rounds.

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Seattle Sounders was unable to repeat their successes in the 2014 season.

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Seattle Sounders began their title defense with the signings of two academy graduates and several veteran players from MLS and abroad.

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The Seattle Sounders finished second in the Western Conference with 18 wins, 11 losses, and 5 draws.

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Seattle Sounders opened the 2021 season with a 13-match unbeaten streak, setting a new MLS record in the process, despite missing Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Stefan Frei, and Raul Ruidiaz to long-term injuries.

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Seattle Sounders maintained their first place position in the Western Conference despite several losses in the summer, but fell into a winless streak over the final six matches of the season to finish second in the West.

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Seattle Sounders contracted talent firm WME-IMG to explore new jersey sponsorship and other advertising opportunities in 2017, shortly before the expiration of the Microsoft contract.

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In 2021, the Seattle Sounders announced a multi-year partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to sponsor the right sleeve on kits, with the Emerald Queen Casino on primary kits and the tribe's emblem on secondary kits.

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Seattle Sounders FC plays home matches at Lumen Field in Seattle, home to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Seattle Sounders have opened additional sections at Lumen Field for international friendlies, MLS Cup finals, and select regular season matches.

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Seattle Sounders representatives have said they prefer the more intimate atmosphere for smaller cup matches.

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Seattle Sounders was promoted to interim head coach from his role as assistant coach after Sigi Schmid parted ways with the club on mutual terms in July 2016.

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Seattle Sounders left the club in January 2021 to join Inter Miami CF and was replaced by Craig Waibel, formerly of Real Salt Lake.

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Seattle Sounders organization announced in 2014 that it would field a second-division reserve team in the United Soccer League, managed by the team and partially owned by members of a fan-owned group.

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In 2017, the Seattle Sounders announced that the team would move to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, with business operations transferred to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball club, ahead of a planned rebrand and soccer-specific stadium to be built in 2020.

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On radio, Seattle Sounders matches are called in English on 950 KJR AM by Matt Johnson with analysis from Wade Webber, Danny Jackson, and Pete Fewing.

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