Seattle Sounders - Everything you need to know before the MLS 2024 season start

You will find a compilation of everything you need to know to tell your friends before or during the Sounders game on Saturday.

Los Angeles Football Club v Seattle Sounders FC: Western Semifinals - 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs
Los Angeles Football Club v Seattle Sounders FC: Western Semifinals - 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

If you have been busy or maybe just not very interested in the Seattle Sounders news recently, we put together everything you need to know before the 2024 season starts for the Rave Green this weekend.

Seattle Sounders roster news

The Rave Green had several departures this offseason, including club legends such as Nicolas Lodeiro and Fredy Montero. Learn more about the seven players who left Seattle here: Seattle Sounders 2024 Offseason Recap - Who is out?

The club renewed the contract of some of the pillars of the team and guaranteed some of the young talents as well. In total, 12 players had their contract extended (the famous "club option") or renewed, including starters as Stef Frei, João Paulo, Albert Rusnák, Yeimar, Alex Rodan and others. Check it out here: Seattle Sounders 2024 Offseason recap - Who is having contracts renewed or extended?

Last but not least, there were five arrivals that qualified Schmetzer's team and brought depth to some positions. However, the spotlight is on the Argentine young designated player, Pedro de la Vega. Read more about all the signings here: Seattle Sounders 2024 Offseason recap - Who is arriving?

And if you still need help to digest all the news, we tried to show how the 2024 Seattle Sounders will look like here: Seattle Sounders - The best XI to start the season

The 50th Anniversary season

This will not be a common season. It's the 50th year of the Seattle Sounders history. We put together some things to be excited about as well as what we fans should be worried about.

The new training facilities was just released, and the players and staff are extremely excited about it. You can know more about it here: Sounders FC Training Center: A New Home for the Rave Green

Also, a new kit was unveiled recently to celebrate the "anniversary". It brought a lot of discussion among the fans with divided opinions. Check it out here: Seattle Sounders unveils the new 'anniversary' kit

And finally, if you are based in Seattle, you may want to know what special games are planned for this season. We listed them here: Seattle Sounders 2024 schedule - 10 home games you can't miss

The first game

The match between LAFC and Seattle Sounders will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at BMO Stadium (previously known as Banc of California Stadium). The game will start at1:45PM (PT), but MLS games typically begin nine minutes later than the scheduled time. You can watch the game for free on Apple TV MLS Season Pass, or on Fox, which is why the kickoff time is listed as 1:30PM. For Fox games, the pre-game show usually lasts about 24 minutes before the actual game begins.

Rave Green will face the newest rival in the 2024 MLS season opener this weekend without many starters, including Stef Frei, João Paulo, Albert Rusnák and Yeimar. To learn more about the team that should start the season opener, check this out: Seattle Sounders projected Starting XI against LAFC.

Brian Schmetzer's team struggled on the road against the Black and Gold, losing six out of eight games. You can learn more about this history here: Seattle Sounders vs LAFC over the years.

Over 16 years of MLS history, the game against the LAFC will be only the second time that Sounders start the season far from the Lumen Field. More about the first MLS season games: Looking back at Seattle Sounders MLS season openers.

The last game between LAFC and Sounders was not very far away. The LAFC beat the Rave Green on the road to advance to the Western Conference Final back in November. You can remember about it here: Last time Seattle Sounders faced LAFC.