I grew up loving soccer. I remember having a Boca Juniors and Maradona poster in my room as a kid. My family would gather around during big tournaments and shout at the TV.
I had a collection of trophy’s at home from playing all throughout elementary school. I didn’t play in high school because after changing schools, I was nervous about joining a team in a new school.
Once I moved out and started traveling around the world, I forgot about soccer. It became tricky to follow as timezones were hard to follow and I kept moving around. My busy work/travel schedule didn’t allow much for other hobbies outside of travel. It’s also hard to relate and feel connected to a team without the connection of it being part of your home. Seattle is my home and the Sounders are a part of that. While I still follow many European and South American regional teams, I don’t have the same connection as I do with my local team.
My travels have slowed down and finally settled in Seattle for awhile. I didn’t follow MLS much before I moved but I got lucky and happen to be in one of the greatest soccer cities in the US. There are very few cities in the US with a huge soccer passion as much as we have here in Seattle for the Sounders.
The finals of the Women’s World Cup were in Vancouver so we got to see the US in the finals. We also got to see the US Mens win a match in the Copa America tournament in Seattle along with Argentina as well.
I’ve marched with the Sounders supporters group, contributed to the ECS supporters group, helped paint tifos, and chanted many times during games. This will be my second year in a row purchasing season tickets and I couldn’t be happier about supporting the Sounders.