If you are a fan of soccer, the MLS or a resident in Seattle, you hopefully have been inspired by the amazing soccer community that is Seattle. Comprised of thousands of fans, the Seattle Sounders franchise, or the rave green, have done an incredible job using the long soccer history in Washington to build a strong, exciting, supportive soccer fan base.
This is just as evident in our fan attendance numbers as in our silver case. With the highest average attendance amongst the league (holding steady at 39,469 compared to number two LA Galaxy with 22,483) this season alone, the Sounders have recently picked up the attention of Forbes Magazine. This three piece article touches on the amazing soccer community that lives in Seattle, Washington and helps build the case for why the Sounders are so successful.
Any attempt to explain the 60+ year history of soccer in Seattle in a little over 8,000 words is bound to miss a lot. This three post series doesn’t attempt to explain the full history of the sport in the city, but rather the relationship between the sport, the city, and the club that grew out of that relationship. At the root of the story are the experiences of the individuals who built the sport and then kept it alive in its darkest days to bloom again in its current MLS franchise form. Herewith is part 1…
It’s November 2nd, 2011, and 36,000 Sounders FC supporters at Century Link Field are hoping for a miracle as their Sounders are down 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in the second leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinal playoff. I am one of those anxious bodies in the crowd, sitting just outside the Brougham End where the Emerald City Supporters, or ECS as their known around Seattle, chant and dance for the entirety of the match. In the 12th minute the ECS lead the crowd in singing a Woody Guthrie tune familiar to many Washingtonians:
Roll on, Columbia, roll on! Roll on, Columbia, roll on! Your power is turning our darkness to dawn. So roll on, Columbia, roll on!
Continuing reading the full article here: Seattle Sounders and Seattle Soccer