- Seattle Sounders (USL)
: "For other teams using this name, see
Seattle Sounders (NASL)and Seattle Sounders FC."Football club infobox
clubname = Seattle Sounders
fullname = Seattle Sounders
nickname = Sounders
founded = 1994
Starfire Sports Complex
capacity = 2,000
chairman = flagicon|USA
manager = flagicon|USA
USL First Division
season = 2008
position = in progress
American = true
Seattle Sounders is an American professional
soccerteam, founded in 1994. The team is a member of the USL First Division, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
They currently play at the
Starfire Sports Complexin Tukwila, Washington, having previously played at Qwest Fieldin Seattle, Washingtonfor many years. The team is currently coached by Brian Schmetzer. The team's colors are blue and white.
The team has a sister organization, the
Seattle Sounders Women, who play in the women's USL W-League.
"as of August 12, 2008"
The club was founded in
1994and named after the original Seattle Sounders soccer team, which played from 1974to 1983in the North American Soccer League.
The A-League/USL-1 Sounders have four championships to their credit, winning the league cup in
1995, 1996, 2005and again in 2007. Seattle finished with the best regular season record in the league in 1994, 2002, and 2007. The Sounders have numerous division titles and advanced to the league finals in both 2004 and 2005. In 2004 the Sounders lost the championship 2-0 at Montreal. In 2005 Seattle drew the Richmond Kickers1-1 at Qwest Fieldbefore claiming the championship 4-3 in penalty kicks. In 2007, the Sounders defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0 to claim their fourth championship title.
The Sounders formed a partnership with English side
Cambridge Unitedin 2006 due to Adrian Hanauer's involvement with both clubs.
A Major League Soccer spokesman confirmed that Seattle will host a 2009
Major League Soccerexpansion team, which will be partly owned by Sounders owner Adrian Hanauerand will play its home games at Qwest Field. The name was released on April 7, 2008 as Seattle Sounders FC, continuing the Sounders name beyond the USL franchise. Hanauer confirmed in a press conference that the USL Sounders' last season in Seattle will be 2008.Fact|date=April 2008
The Sounders had played at
Qwest Fieldfull-time since 2003. The Sounders played the first-ever sporting event at the stadium on July 28, 2002 before over 25,000 fans. Before this facility was built, the team played at Memorial Stadium. When the current Sounders first formed in 1994 they also played a few home matches at the Tacoma Dome.
After opening the 2008 season May 10 at Qwest Field, the Sounders will play their remaining 14 league home contests at
Starfire Sports Complex.
The Seattle Sounders have two bitter rivals - the Portland Timbers to the south and the Vancouver Whitecaps to the north. These three teams compete in the yearly
Cascadia Cup. The Sounders won the trophy in 2006 and 2007.
The original Seattle Sounders were supported by the "Seattle Sounders Booster Club" in the 1970's and early 1980's. When the new club was formed in 1994 another supporters group started up. Eventually that group called itself "The Pod" in honor of the club mascot, an
Orcawhale. In 2005, after the earlier group went moribund, the "Emerald City Supporters" were born. They drafted the motto "No Equal" that same season as the club won the USL-1 title. In 2007, a social group called the Sounders Legion was started.
* Neil Megson 1996-2000
Titles, Trophies & Major Achievements
CONCACAF Champions Cup:* 4th-place (1): 1996
League Championship:* Winner (4): 1995, 1996, 2005, 2007:* Runner Up (1): 2004
Commissioner's Cup (Top of the Regular Season Table):* Winner (3): 1994, 2002, 2007
Pacific Division Champion:* Winner (3): 2000, 2002, 2003:* Runner Up (2): 1997, 1998
Western Conference Champion:* Winner (1): 2004
Cascadia Cup:* Winner (2): 2006, 2007
Sébastien Le Toux
Sébastien Le Toux
Goalkeeper of the Year
Defender of the Year
Coach of the Year
* 2000 Neil Megson
Rookie of the Year
* 1994 Jason Dunn
First team All Star
Marcus Hahnemann, Neil Megson, Shawn Medved, Chance Fry
Marcus Hahnemann, Peter Hattrup
Dusty Hudock, Mark Watson
Andrew Gregor, Leighton O'Brien, Brian Ching
* 2003 Danny Jackson,
Sébastien Le Toux
Notable Former Players
* Ian Russell
* [http://www.weareecs.com Emerald City Supporters]
* [http://GOALSeattle.com/trophy_case.htm Seattle Sounders Trophy Case]
* [http://www.seattlesounders.net Official Site]
* [http://www.goalseattle.com GOALSeattle.com]
* [http://seattlepitch.tripod.com/ The Seattle Pitch]
* [http://soundernation.tripod.com Sounder Nation]
* [http://GOALSeattle.com/SoccerMuseum.htm GOALSeattle.com Museum]
* [http://www.seattlesounders.net/team.php?team=0 Current Club Roster]
* [http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2006/22379.html Latest Results]
* [http://www.uslsoccer.com/statistics/index_E.html Current USL-1 Standings]
* [http://www.GOALSeattle.com/photoindex/index.htm GOALSeattle.com Photo Galleries]
* [http://starfiresports.com/main_addedpages/sounderswomen.asp Seattle Crossfire Sounders (W-League Women's Club)]
* [http://www.QwestField.com Qwest Field]
* [http://www.StarfireSports.com Starfire Sports Complex]
* [http://seattlepitch.tripod.com/club/index.html League Honors]
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