Perhaps you’ve heard—Seattle Sounders FC is headed to their third MLS Cup Final against Toronto FC in just four seasons. But you’ve probably also heard that their regular season position finally earned them the right to host the match. What you might not know is that they have officially SOLD OUT CenturyLink Field for the November 10 matchup. That’s over 69,000 tickets sold in just days for one of the biggest sporting events the Pacific Northwest has ever seen.
Since the introduction of the MLS version of the Sounders arrived in 2009, the world has finally seen what locals have known for decades: the Pacific Northwest, and especially Washington, is one of the most important soccer regions in the world. The Seattle area is not only home to three professional clubs, but also countless youth soccer clubs that cater to all ages and skill levels, which is why it was named Soccer City, USA, by the hometown newspaper of its biggest rival.
Since 1966, Washington Youth Soccer has been weaving soccer into the fabric of our state’s culture. More than 3,000,000 athletes have participated in our clubs in that time, creating a soccer-mad society in the Northwest that has made the Sounders one of the most-attended clubs in MLS history. The deep love of the beautiful game that runs through the veins of millions of Washingtonians began on youth soccer fields around the state, as it continues to do every single day.