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Letter to the editor Feb. 10
Published 2/10/2012
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The Sounders are the forgotten team


I am sick of every article and column I read that decries the horrible Seattle sports scene ignoring the Seattle Sounders FC.

In the three years since they joined the MLS, the team has made it to the playoffs every year (although not advancing beyond the first round), won the U.S. Open Cup three times in a row (a feat only accomplished one other time in the tournament's 98-year history), won the 2011 Cascadia Cup and the 2010 and 2011 Heritage Cups. They currently have advanced to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League (earlier in the tournament the Sounders became the second MLS team ever to beat a Mexican side in a competitive match on Mexican soil). 

In addition to their trophy cabinet the Sounders have broken too many attendance records to list, but which include an average attendance of 38,000 per match (more than the Mariners) while selling out 56 consecutive league matches (an MLS record). 

The Sounders are the brilliant example MLS expansion teams try to emulate. So if someone wants to talk about the sad state of Seattle sports teams, then let them, but do not leave out a successful team just because you do not follow the sport. The Sounders have done more to rejuvenate a love of sports in Seattle than a shiny new stadium and a displaced basketball team with a losing record will ever do.

Tom Betts
freshman, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

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Posted: 2/10/2012 12:07:34 PM


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