Seattle Sounders FC 2014 Season
They’re loud, they’re proud, and they’ve turned themselves into one of the great fan bases in all of American soccer. And Seattle Sounders FC have mostly responded. Since joining MLS for the 2009 season, Sounders FC have won three US Open Cups (the first team in the MLS era to do so, and the first since 1967-69), qualified for the MLS playoffs every year, and advanced to the semifinals of CONCACAF Champions League in 2012. Seattle also made huge news at the 2013 summer transfer window, when they announced the acquisition of American international Clint Dempsey from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Joining “Deuce” as Sounders FC designated players are Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins. Seattle will be using a new goalkeeper this season, having acquired former Toronto FC keeper Stefan Frei.
10/22/13 - Although the Sounders are having trouble winning games of late, the team has secured a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs thanks to a LA Galaxy draw. The two teams will play the final game of the regular season in Seattle opposite one another with just one point separating the two clubs. The Western Conference postseason field is essentially set and the Seattle Sounders are currently in fourth place.
3/15/13 - Seattle acquired forward Obafemi Martins today. It is possible that he will play in Saturday’s big rivalry game against Portland, the fifth most expensive match in the remainder of the 2013 MLS season.
In 2012, Seattle Sounders FC made it to the Conference Finals — further than the club had ever gone in the MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2013, the Sounders enter a transition year with numerous changes to the roster. Striker Fredy Montero was loaned to Colombian champions Millonarios; he was Seattle's all-time top scorer and their biggest offensive force on the field. Seattle is looking to acquire Levante forward Obafemi Martins to fill the gap and start alongside Eddie Johnson. In addition, Seattle added veteran defender Djimi Traore to the Sounders roster. Traore will bring leadership and experience to the team after years of playing in the top soccer leagues in Europe.
The Sounders recently won the 2013 Desert Diamond Cup, a preseason soccer tournament that featured the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, and Real Salt Lake. Sounders reserves beat Salt Lake to take home the trophy proving that Seattle has great depth. In addition, Seattle looks to have the best midfield in Major League Soccer, anchored by Osvaldo Alonso.
The Sounders play their home matches at CenturyLink field which is also home to the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle Sounders tickets average $48 this season which is just above the MLS average of $45. Big matches on the Sounders schedule include rival Portland Timbers (3/16, 8/25) and back-to-back MLS Cup Champions Los Angeles Galaxy (10/27). Timbers-Sounders FC tickets on August 25 are averaging $3 cheaper than Sounders game tickets for the March 16 matchup.