Scoop: The Seattle Sounders Second Season
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The Sounders FC kicks off its second season to the fanfare of our favorite fan band
The Seattle Sounders’ inaugural season last year boasted countless accomplishments—winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, qualifying for the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs, setting a league record for average attendance at games (30,943!) and having forward Fredy Montero win the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. But our favorite achievement was being the first MLS franchise to have its own marching band (allegedly mandated by co-owner and former marching band geek Drew Carey). Sound Wave, the blaring percussion-and-brass ensemble, keeps the fans fired up during games and also leads the traditional March to the Match, in which lime-green-laden fans march from Occidental Park to Qwest Field—chanting and singing all the way. For the second consecutive year, the Sounders’ opening game (against the Philadelphia Union) also serves as the kickoff for the entire MLS season. Time to get your green on and your scarves up. Opening game 3/25. 6:30 p.m. March to the Match begins in Occidental Park (in Pioneer Square) 90 minutes prior to game time. soundersfc.com.