If you’re an MLS fan, you know the Seattle Sounders FC.
One of the league’s top teams since its expansion season in 2009, Seattle is currently within the top teams in the Western Conference and attracts big names players, with the likes of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on its roster.
With Dempsey and defender Brad Evans away for Gold Cup duty, and an injury sidelining star striker Obafemi Martins, the Rave Green has been forced to test its rosters depth, but continue to fight for first place in the West.
Seattle has led the league in season ticket sales and has qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs in each of its first five seasons. The club has set MLS records for average attendance since their inaugural season, consistently drawing an average of 50-65% more than the next highest-drawing team in the league, the LA Galaxy.
The club has the backing of some major players, with majority owner and Hollywood producer Joe Roth, and minority owners Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen and Drew Carey.
A familiar face
For the better part of three seasons, Troy Perkins was the man in the Impact’s goal. With the rise of Evan Bush, the MLS veteran was released at the end of last season and signed with Seattle. An injury hampering his current team’s number one goalkeeper Stefan Frei has forced Perkins into action recently.
Could he face his former protégé come Saturday?