My First Seattle Sounders FC Match

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Posted on June 01, 2009 8:57 PM in Sports
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Last week, a co-worker announced some "owner's box" tickets that he had available for the Seattle Sounders FC match on Saturday. They were available at face value, which ended up being $35 each, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I was lucky enough to be the first to respond to his email, so I picked up the tickets on Friday morning and then offered to take another co-worker and friend with me once my wife declined.

When we arrived at our front row seats in section 135, we were pretty blown away by the view. We weren't on the midfield line, but that was because there was an obstruction at that part of the stadium where the stands meet the field. The following photo gives a pretty good idea of where we were seated:

East End of Qwest Field

As part of the opening ceremony, and much to my surprise and delight, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was presented with The Golden Scarf:

Jim Mora Gets the Golden Scarf #4

Shortly thereafter, the starting lineups were announced and the starting eleven made their way onto the pitch. At that point, my friend and I began to realize just how close to the on-field action we were. We were literally only about ten yards away from head coach Sigi Schmid the entire match, and at one point, the guy sitting to my left actually caught a ball that had been kicked toward the stands. I'm glad it went in his direction 'cause I was too busy fumbling around with my camera to even notice that there was a big soccer ball flying at my head.

The first half of the match ended up being a little slow at times, especially after the visiting opponent and reigning MLS champions Columbus Crew scored their first and only goal in the early goings of the half. That put a bit of a damper on the crowd's spirits, as did a missed penalty kick on the part of Freddie Ljungberg later on in the half.

The second half, however, was a different story entirely. Not only did the Sounders FC get an equalizer, thanks to Nate Jaqua, but the energy level rose and they ended up going on the offensive for much of the remainder of the match. Unfortunately, the end result was a 1-1 draw, the fifth draw in a row for the Sounders FC.

What I learned from attending my very first Seattle Sounders FC match was that I'll probably never get better seats to any event at Qwest Field ever again; Sounders FC fans can be loud and energetic, but still don't hold a candle to the 12th man; and I definitely don't want that match to be my last.

For anyone who might be interested in seeing the rest of the photos I took at the match, they are all available on Flickr.


fxxwmasl on May 15, 2017 at 5:23 AM:

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