Seattle Sounders FC Schedule
The Seattle Sounders FC has wasted no time in establishing itself as one of the top
teams in the MLS. Sounders fans come to CenturyLink Field in droves and have made Seattle the most popular team in the league
in terms of ticket sales. The team has qualified for the playoffs every season since joining the MLS and are primed to do
so once again this season. Continually fielding one of the best teams in the MLS, the Seattle squad is a perennial contender
for the MLS Cup championship and never fails to deliver exciting and intriguing match ups to the thousands of fans who make
it out to each and every home game.
The Seattle Sounders are currently looking to maintain their position in first place
in the Western Conference of the MLS as the playoffs approach. There are still three regular season home games for the Sounders
to score some big wins to secure the top seed in the West. On September 27th Chivas USA come to CenturyLink Stadium for a
huge late season game that could give the team a big lift and momentum heading into the postseason. On October 10th the Vancouver
Whitecaps come to town in another big game. Every game between the Sounders and the Whitecaps is a big one and this one, occurring
so late in the season, is sure to be one of the most intense regular season games of the year. The final home game of the
regular season will be on October 25th when the LA Galaxy come to town. This will be your last chance to cheer on Seattle
Sounders FC and provide them with some momentum heading into the postseason and is sure to be a thrilling game.
Sounders FC Major League Soccer
The Seattle Sounders FC plays in the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere
soccer league in the United States and Canada and is also a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during
the regular season which begins each March hoping to earn a spot in the postseason. Each team plays thirty four regular season
games with the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters' Shield. The top ten teams advance to the playoffs with
the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December. The first season of the MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of
which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing the league began as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement
with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World
Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF Champions League while another team has the chance
to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and it stands as one of the five major professional
sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
Seattle Sounders FC Rivalries
The two oldest rivalries
the Seattle Sounders have are with the other two Pacific Northwest MLS Teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers.
This is a rivalry that goes back to a time before the MLS even existed and is a huge part of the soccer culture in the area.
Seattle also has a rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes and each year they compete for the Heritage Cup.
There are few events as exciting as seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another. The
players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there s much to advance the popularity of the
sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated
fans. One step into a stadium when the local national team is playing and you will understand what all of the fuss is about.
Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have
you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even
need to use your seat as move after move will have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee
blows the final whistle you will be anxiously awaiting the next opportunity to attend a Seattle Sounders FC game and will
find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
The naming of the Seattle Sounders FC was announced
during a 2008 press conference in front of the Space Needle. Three colors make up the Sounders' shield: Sounders Blue which
represents the Puget Sound, Cascade Shale representing the Cascade Range, and Rave Green which symbolizes the green forests
of the Pacific Northwest.