20 Facts About Seattle Sounders

1. The Seattle Sounders are one of the most dominant teams in MLS and have one of the most enthusiastic fanbases in the sport, selling out 127 matches as of 2015, the longest streak in MLS history.

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2. Seattle Sounders are a major league soccer team, sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, based in Seattle, Washington with origins that go back to the 1970s and the North American Soccer League.

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3. The Seattle Sounders went on to win the US Open Cup in 2010 and 2011 as well, becoming the first team in over 40 years to win that competition three straight times.

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4. In January 2012, the Seattle Sounders announced a partnership with the Tacoma Tide, an amateur team in the USL Premier Development League, to rebrand as Seattle Sounders FC U-23 and appoint Sawatzky as head coach.

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5. Seattle Sounders were affiliated with an amateur women's team, Seattle Sounders Women, that plays at Starfire Sports Complex.

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6. 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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7. In 2012, he was named Seattle Sounders Sports Star Executive of the Year.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. Seattle Sounders was unable to repeat their successes in the 2014 season.

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11. Seattle Sounders advanced to the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final and defeated the Philadelphia Union in extra time, to win their fourth trophy of the tournament.

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12. Seattle Sounders continued to break the MLS average attendance record for the fourth and fifth consecutive year in 2012 and 2013, with an average of 43,144 and 44,038, respectively.

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13. 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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14. 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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15. On October 17, 2009, the Seattle Sounders became the third MLS expansion team in league history to qualify for the playoffs in its first season.

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16. On September 2, 2009, the Seattle Sounders became the second MLS expansion team in league history to win the US Open Cup tournament in its first season.

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17. 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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18. 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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19. The Seattle Sounders are ranked as one of the most valuable franchises in North America.

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20. The Seattle Sounders are a phoenix club, and the third Seattle soccer club to carry the Sounders name being part of a legacy which traces back to the original team of the NASL in 1974.

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