Sounders FC, the new soccer team from Seattle is the third team to share the Sounders name in the history of the city. The current team is now part of Major League Soccer.
The team’s first game was played yesterday evening at Qwest Field in Seattle where they defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, in front of a sellout crowd. One local columnist, John McGrath, had this response to the team's debut and fan reaction: "Wow!"
Since the MLS began business in 1996, filling the pro-soccer void in the U.S. left by the 1984 collapse of the North American Soccer League, it's likely no crowd made more noise - or had more fun - than the crowd at Qwest Field did Thursday.
Coach Sigi Schmid sensed as much early in the first half, when he had trouble communicating with midfielder Brad Evans.
"We need hand signals," Evans told the coach. "I can't hear anything you're saying."
Said Schmid: "I've never had a player say that to me in an MLS Stadium."
Applause and whistles erupted when Fredy Montero got the first goal in the new team’s history. Kasey Keller, one of the team’s goalies was quoted saying he was impressed by the season opener.
However, Keller has more to feel ecstatic about. While the offense scored three goals, Keller’s goalkeeping shut out the attacks by the Red Bulls and their star striker, Juan Pablo Angel.
You can check the team's schedule by clicking here.
As you can see in the following videos, this was an amazing debut. It's a shame I wasn't there to attend the opening game. I'm a die-hard soccer fan and player.