With an organization like the Washington State Youth Soccer Association bringing the game of soccer to over 130,000 kids a year — enough to fill Qwest Stadium twice over — it's no wonder Sounders FC boasts the highest attendance rate in MLS. Brad and I slid into soccer season with the WSYSA at Wild Waves this past Sunday for their second annual season kickoff celebration.
After taking a break from the park's wild rides, dripping children in green and blue stopped by the WALLY1 van to test their Sounders knowledge at the PEMCO prize wheel. A lucky spin and a correct answer earned deserving fans membership into the Sounders Junior Alliance youth supporter group. Signatures for their new rave green Junior Alliance lunch boxes and limited edition scarves were just a short step away as Sounders stars Osvaldo Alonso and Terry Boss were on hand for a special autograph session.
Junior Alliance member Alex, whose father coaches his select team in Fife, poses with his new limited edition Junior Alliance lunchbox and scarf.
Terry Boss, goalkeeper for Sounders FC, leaves his mark on another aspiring young footballer.
The cycle of support between youth soccer associations and the players they idolize has us thinking that soccer in the Northwest has a future as bright as the Sounders' new electricity yellow kits. We can't wait to see those scarves waving at Qwest Field on match day.