|Full name||Seattle Sounders FC|
|Nickname(s)||The Sounders, Rave Green|
(Capacity: 35,700 or 67,000)
|General Manager||Adrian Hanauer|
|Head Coach||Sigi Schmid|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2009||Western Conference: 3rd|
|Website||Club home page|
Seattle Sounders FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Seattle, Washington. It was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team. Fans chose the Sounders name through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to share the moniker.
The team's majority owner is Hollywood producer Joe Roth and its minority owners are Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen, and Drew Carey. Two-time MLS Cup winner Sigi Schmid is the team's head coach. Sounders FC home matches are played at Qwest Field. Along with several organized groups, a 53-member marching band called the Sound Wave supports the team at each home game. Former BBC announcer Arlo White calls the play-by-play for local broadcasts. Seattle competes with rival club San Jose Earthquakes for the Heritage Cup.
Seattle Sounders FC, the league's 15th team, began play in the 2009 season. During their first season every home game was sold out, a new MLS record for average match attendance was set, and they sold the most season tickets in the league. The team finished the 2009 season with a winning record and qualified for the MLS playoffs where they were eliminated in the conference semi-finals. Sounders FC is the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season.
MLS expansion arrivesEdit
Team name, badge and colors unveiledEdit
Ownership and team managementEdit
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