Team selection in soccer develops in many forms. Some people inherit a team from their family. Maybe you are lucky enough to live in a city with a professional team. A favorite player or color may have even been your deciding factor.
If you are reading this, then you are most likely a Sounders fan already – maybe you live(d) in the Seattle area, have been drawn in via USMNT star Clint Dempsey, the impressive crowds at CenturyLink Field, or are an Xbox fan and were looking for a team. And if you aren’t a Sounders fan, or even a soccer fan (yet), you can at least relate to how you ended up cheering for the teams that you support.
A bit of information about me to set the premise of this series. I grew up playing soccer, and am one of many that has watched it grow in popularity in the United States over the last few years. NBCSports coverage of the EPL has transformed the way that league is viewed here in the America.
I am an Arsenal fan, which we will return to I’m sure once we discuss the Seattle connections with Tottenham. However, I am most definitely, and without hesitation, a massive MLS fan. I take pride in our league, the growth is has achieved, and the respect it is slowly earning around the world.
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I currently live in a city without an MLS team, so I have watched and cheered from afar various teams and players throughout the years. Enjoying the expansion of the league, the introduction of MLS Soccer Sunday on ESPN/FoxSports, and All-Star match-ups against global brands. However, all of that is about to change, as I am less than two months away from moving to Seattle.
Finally, I will live in a city with an MLS team, attend games, learn about the fan groups, etc. (Note: Lets not skip over the Seattle Reign either, because I am also quite excited to go see them in action as well, and they will get due coverage in time).
Many people might be able to just 100% adopt the team of their city from day 1, nothing else needed. Could I do that? Yes. However, I’ve found throughout my life as a sports fan that a connection with a team is best built over time, through a series of events and gaining an understanding about the history and culture of the club.
As time progresses, I will revisit this series to discuss my experiences with adopting the Seattle Sounders as my MLS team. We will research the history of the club, attend games, learn about the vibrant Seattle soccer community, consider national team and other MLS club connections, and likely a host of other things yet to be considered.
I hope you return as I explore this process and please comment on your path to selecting a team, feeling a part of the fan base, or suggestions on what I should consider. Already a massive Seattle Sounders fan? Then leave me advice and hopefully we can meet up one day at a match or a watch party.
One last item before I go. While its obvious I am not an expert on the Sounders yet, I will do my best to post and discuss the current events and rumors surrounding the club. Thanks.