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Seattle Sounders FC

May 2, 2011

The Seattle Sounders Football Club is the owner of the league’s best attendance, averaging more than 36,000 fans per game at Qwest Field. MLS’ 15th team, Seattle entered the league in 2009 and won the US Open Cup and made the playoffs in its first season. The Sounders followed that up with a second US Open Cup win the following year. The Sounders have quickly become one of the go-to showcases for the league when the opportunity presents itself.

Fredy Montero arrived in Seattle with high expectations as hype built around the young Colombian forward. Montero moved to MLS on loan despite interest from several European clubs and made an instant impact. MLS bought all of Montero’s rights prior to the 2011 season, making him the club’s third designated player. Montero scored the first goal in Sounders MLS history. Now 23 years old, Montero was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year in 2009.

The Sounders share Qwest Field (capacity: 67,000) with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. However, for soccer events, only the lower bowl is made available to fans, as the top tier is tarped off. The soccer capacity is 35,700, which has consistently sold out.

U.S. Open Cup (2): 2009, 2010

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