Seattle, WA -A little more than a month ago, the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Almost 1 million fans showed up for the parade, beaming with pride, joy, and emotion. The Seahawks have long been know for their noisy fans, known as the 12th Man, and the support and passionate support has seemed to carry over to the soccer side too.
Maybe it was a sports hangover and the fans just needed a way to continue that raucous celebration. Maybe they were tired of a winter spent with gray and rainy weather. Whatever their reasons, the crowds was at full throat throughout the game. It was, it was LOUD.
From the moment the gates opened, to the final dramatic goal by Chad Barrett, the fans were in frenzy. There is no lack of support for the team who finished the 2013 season far earlier than many had hoped for. Losing in the second round of the playoffs may not be a disappointment for many, but when the expectations set by fans and ownership was an MLS Cup or nothing, exiting in the early rounds had many wondering how the the support would weather a disappointing year by Sounders standards.
On Saturday Seattle game its other 12th Man a reason to cheer, and they did not disappoint. Barrett being new to Seattle had not experienced the full and awesome power of what it can be like to play in-front of nearly 40,000 passionate, hungry for success fans. I have personally been in the press box during some impressive and loud crowds, two of them being last year during the USA vs Panama World Cup Qualifier, and the other was when Clint Dempsey scored his first goal as a Seattle Sounder.
On Saturday Chad Barrett got to feel what it is like to have that awesome force supporting you:
The league was also witness to a breathtaking site as all of those nearly 40,000 fans participated in a full stadium tifo:
Seattle’s 12th Man hasn’t missed a beat.