The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Sounders FC have spent the first four years of their life in MLS establishing a winning tradition and displaying a consistent penchant for rotating flashy kits. All the while hordes of supporters have helped the side develop the biggest match day crowds in all of MLS.
When you go to a match though, you’d be hard-pressed to see much of anything that reflects the history of the name “Sounders,” which dates back to 1974. There are no banners for winning the 1977 NASL Pacific Conference, the 1980 NASL Top of the Table, or the 1995 and 1996 A-League Championships won under the name.
Just as the Sounders successfully mimicked the launch of Toronto FC, and even surpassed it with their own special Seattle touches, I encourage the club to now look at what the San Jose Earthquakes are doing this season. They are honoring their history, which also dates back to 1974.
The Earthquakes season tickets feature famous players over the years.
The Earthquakes home ground features giant banners with the phrase “Established in 1974.”
See the photos by Gary Singh courtesy of Quakes fan Ron Gilmore. Click to enlarge.
Sounders fans have encouraged the club to do such things in the past, perhaps most notably the online petition for retro NASL jerseys.
Maybe the Sounders are just waiting for 2014, when the name will have been in action over a span of 40 years.
The “Golden Scarf” celebrations were a step in the right direction (when they honored former Sounders.) Now the club needs to have old-school scarves, kits, shirts, made available to fans as well as someplace at the CLink where we can visit a living archive (museum) of our club’s history, 1974-now. And about those banners…the 1990′s league titles are a MUST.
I don’t know about you, but I hope we don’t have to wait two more years to see Sounders FC show more love to Sounders 1.0 and 2.0.
(Yes, Mr. Joe Roth, we still remember that you wanted to call our team “Alliance,” “Republic” or simply “Seattle FC.”)