What does it take to be a Seattle Sounders fan? Do you have to be decked out head-to-toe in rave green? Should you decorate your face with paint and temporary tattoos? Or do you have to play a vuvuzela and march alongside the Sound Wave Band?
Peter, Steven and I visited Qwest Field on Saturday morning to find answers to these difficult questions and to mingle with our favorite 'I Know I am, I'm Sure I am, Sounders FC Fans.'
The responses we received were resounding, and we quickly learned that to be a true Sounders fan means staying a supporter no matter what. Sure, being decked out in rave green is a bonus, but it's not essential. Face paint and temporary tattoos are an excellent addition to any fan's face, but they don't make the fan. And lastly, the vuvuzela is certainly music to a supporter's ears, but you can be heard in many other ways. What truly makes a Sounders fan unique, we've found, is their unrivaled support and complete commitment to the team. As the Seattle skies unleashed flurries of rain throughout Saturday's match, the fans never wavered, and it became clear that there is no such thing as a fair weather fan in this city!
As always, the best part of Sounders matches for us is the chance to interact with some of the team's finest supporters. Take a look at a few of our favorite snapshots of the day:
Ross, Christine, Andrew and Trevor enjoy the 'atmosphere of the stadium on match day.' Trevor was at his first match and couldn't wait to see Kasey Keller live!
Kathy says, 'We absolutely love this tradition before every match because it helps us record the occasion.'
The PEMCO booth was a popular spot before kick-off, where fans snagged a free souvenir photo and stayed dry in the pre-match drizzle!
The Sounders needed every bit of that fan support they could muster, and all that cheering paid off as Michael Fucito scored an exhilarating game-winning goal in the 92nd minute. We had a blast at the game, and with such boisterous energy from the local supporters, we're sure to experience a similar feeling all season long.