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Sounders FC goes global at the International Family Festival

Monday, July 1, 2013by  Krysta Morley

The WALLY team had a blast at the Sounders FC International Family Festival this past Sunday, which focused on meaningful connections between the diversity of attendees, players and coaches. One thing everyone definitely had in common was their love for Seattle's favorite soccer team! 

Things definitely ramped up during the afternoon session, which featured Virginia native and Sounders FC forward Will Bates, who signed with the team during the spring. Upon joining the team, Bates quickly learned about the team's rivalry with our neighbors, the Portland Timbers. Federal Way native Lamar Neagle, also joined the afternoon session along with fan-favorite, Michael Gspurning. Originally from Austria, Gspurning was joined with an adorable guest – his daughter! She was a natural: waving to the crowd and cheering for her dad!


There was no shortage of energy despite the temperature rising to almost 90 degrees outside! Families could escape the heat by coming inside the events center, where the WALLY team was set up. We loved taking souvenir photos of so many die-hard Sounders fans!

One of the coolest parts about this event was that we were among different booths that represented countries from across the world. We even had a visitor stop by our booth who was from Turkey!

This event was a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of the Sounders FC first team. Test your 2013 Sounders IQ with the questions below!

  1. How many different countries are represented by the Sounders FC first team?
    a) 10
    b) 13
    c) 16
  2. Of the 29 players on the Sounders first team roster, how many players are from the United States?
    a) 5
    b) 10
    c) 15
  3. Of the 7 continents, how many are represented by the Sounders FC first team?
    a) 2
    b) 4
    c) 6
  4. 4. With 16 players from North America, what continent is home to the second highest number of Sounders FC first team players?
    a) Europe
    b) South America
    c) Africa

Did you guess 13, 15, 4 and Europe? If so, you're right!

Whether or not you got these questions right, there's still many other ways to be a Sounders fan and show off your Sounders pride! The WALLY team will be at the match against D.C. United this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wear your green and blue and have your photo taken at the WALLY van, or come play in our Foos Cup tournament. We hope to see you there!

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