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(Last updated 2013 Jan 15)

Seattle Sounders FC official site:


CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134. Transportation guide.
Alternate pitch and training grounds: Starfire Sports Complex, 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, WA 98188.


For ticket purchases, use the TICKETS link on the Sounders FC home page.


Head Coach: Sigi Schmid
Assistant Coaches: Brian Schmetzer, Ezra Hendricksen
Goalkeeper Coach: Tom Dutra
Fitness Coach: David Tenney
Assistant Coach and Scout: Kurt Schmid
Sporting Director: Chris Henderson

Past head coaches:
Sigi Schmid (2009-present, MLS)
Brian Schmetzer (2002-2008; A-League, USL 1st Div)
Bernie James (2001, A-League)
Neil Megson (1996-2000, A-League)
Alan Hinton (1994-1995; APSL, A-League)
Laurie Calloway (1983, NASL)
Alan Hinton (1980-1982, NASL)
Jimmy Gabriel (1977-1979, NASL)
John Best (1974-1976, NASL)



In December of 1973 the club had a "Name the Team" contest. Six finalists were announced on 13 January 1974: Cascades, Evergreens, Mariners (now pro baseball), Schooners, Sockeyes and Sounders. These were selected from over 300 different suggestions. In the finals, in which 3,735 soccer followers cast their ballots, 32% selected "Sounders" as Seattle's new NASL entry.

The original Sounders played in the North American Soccer League from 1974 through 1983. The Sounders folded after the 1983 season and NASL folded after the 1984 season.

The Sounders were resurrected in 1994 and played in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL), a year later named the A-League. In 2005 the A-League merged with United Soccer Leagues to form the USL First Division. From 1994 to 2008 in those leagues, the Sounders finished in first place three times (1994, 2002, 2007) and won the league championship four times (1995, 1996, 2005, 2007).

In 2009 the Sounders entered Major League Soccer (MLS). The club offered fans three choices for a club name ((Seattle Alliance, Seattle Republic, and Seattle FC) and also allowed a write-in vote. Forty-nine % of the votes were write-ins wanting the Sounders name retained, so the club became the Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC won the US Open Cup in 2009 and successfully defended that cup in 2010. Sounders FC became the first MLS expansion team in many years to qualify for the playoffs in their first year. Sounders FC shattered the MLS regular season attendance record in their first year (average 30,897) and raised that bar 17% to 36,173 in 2010.

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