Now that we've seen the latest kits in action, we're in a good place to compare them with the other looks the Sounders have sported in their seven MLS years. In its place, a forgettable retail sponsor entered, and interestingly we got to see a like-for-like comparison illustrating how much of a difference a sponsor change can make, as Seattle retained the 2018 shirt design for 2019 (due to MLS rules). In the ensuing penalty shootout, Portland won 4–2; the home leg is considered to be one of the best playoff matches in league history due to its dramatic finish. Season ticket holders become automatic members, while non-season ticket holders may buy into the Alliance for a fee.
The official team colors are Sounder Blue, signifying the waters of the Puget Sound; Rave Green, representing the forests of the Pacific Northwest; and Cascade Shale, representing the Cascade Range to the east of Seattle. The announcement also meant that the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division would play its final season the year before the new MLS franchise was formed. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Following the 2018 season, the Seattle x Xbox partnership came to an end. [177] A new turf surface, based on the Revolution 360 brand developed by FieldTurf, was installed in early 2016 as part of the extended lease after noticeable wear on the former surface. However, the club does open the entire stadium for international friendly matches[160][166] and some league matches. The club's majority owner is Adrian Hanauer, and its minority owners are the estate of Paul Allen, Drew Carey, and 11 families from the Seattle area. [203] He was replaced by Seattle Futbol Club LLC, formed by 11 families with ties to the Seattle area including former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife Katie Myerson, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Macklemore and Tricia Davis, Satya Nadella and Anu Nadella, Amy Hood and Max Kleinman, Joe Belfiore and Kristina Belfiore, S. Somasegar and Akila Somasegar, Chee Chew and Christine Chew, David Nathanson and Sabina Nathanson, Brian McAndrews and Elise Holschuh, and Mark Agne and Tomoko Agne. All the ingredients were there for the club to make a fast start: a strong name backed by the history of the old team, a distinctive stadium with a global reputation for noise, a vibrant shade of green chosen as the team’s primary colour, and one of the best sponsors you could ever wish for. The white kits will join the Sounders’ home Rave Green and alternate Pacific Blue for the 2017 campaign. Something as simple as changing the width of a pant stripe is grounds for boycott in Major League Baseball or the National Football League, but in footy at least one new shirt is expected every season. With the subliminal Space Needle on the right side of the chest and the solid blue piece under each arm, this was the distillation of everything good that the previous two home kits tried to establish. On September 2, 2009, the Sounders became the second MLS expansion team in league history (Chicago was the first) to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in its first season. The Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). [164][178], The team's training facilities and offices are located at the Starfire Sports Complex in nearby Tukwila. [126] Without Morris and several injured starting players, the Sounders lost nine of their first 15 matches and were placed bottom of the Western Conference by June. [182], Carey also requested that the Sounders have their own marching band, the first of its kind in MLS. Sunday’s MLS Cup between Seattle and Toronto FC is more than just an opportunity for the Sounders to capture their second championship. [239][242][243], Former Seattle SuperSonics announcer Kevin Calabro and former U.S. soccer star Greg Vanney called the play-by-play for the local broadcasts during the Sounders' inaugural season in 2009. This jersey had the most side piping of any the Sounders have worn, something I'd like to see hit the home kits one of these years.

Some feel that the sleeves give it a vest-type look. [153] The jersey has been modified several times to include promotions for Xbox games, including Halo 5 and Gears of War 4. [145] Upon announcing the name of the club, Hanauer acknowledged the significance of keeping with tradition: "The team playing at the highest level in our region has always been called Sounders. 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(interim), Minority owner and president of business operations, This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 04:28. Seattle Sounders FC, the league's 15th team, began play in the 2009 season. [15] Paul Allen, whose First and Goal company operated Qwest Field (now CenturyLink Field), joined the ownership group that same year, making the bid the most promising yet for Seattle.
[118], The Sounders began their title defense with the signings of two academy graduates and several veteran players from MLS and abroad.

[104], During the first half of the 2016 season, the Sounders failed to meet expectations, placing near the bottom of the league with 6 wins, 12 losses, and 2 draws. All Major League Soccer trademarks and copyrights used by permission. [17] In a press conference on November 13, 2007, it was announced that Seattle had been awarded an expansion team.

The Seattle Sounders 2017 Heritage Kit is here.

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