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Sounders will honor Keller & appreciate fans

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm with 5 Comments »
October 11, 2011 3:09 pm


This just in from the club:

The Seattle Sounders FC announced today more than 57,000 tickets have been sold for the team’s final regular season match versus the San Jose Earthquakes presented by The Home Depot on Saturday, October 15 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationwide on Fox Soccer.

Immediately following the match, Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who will retire at the end of the season, will be honored in an on-field ceremony.

Throughout the match, the team and its partners will celebrate the loudest fans in the MLS by awarding prizes to fans and sections. Fan giveaways include the following:

Five thousand Mystery Gift Cards from The Home Depot
Twenty Companion Fare Coupons from Amtrak Cascades
Two pairs of Round Trip Tickets on Amtrak Cascades to Portland or Vancouver, B.C.
Two hundred co-branded adidas mini soccer balls.
Forty thousand Keller Captain armbands
One hundred $10 concession vouchers from CenturyLink
One pair of round trip Coach Class tickets to Mexico courtesy of Alaska Airlines
Two hundred Chipotle Free Burrito Cards
Ten $50 “Jack Cash Cards” from Jack in the Box
One month supply of popchips for five fans
One hundred $5 “Taco Bell Bucks” from Taco Bell
Free Round of Golf for Two at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge
Flowers courtesy of Ballard Blossom
Six $25 gift cards from Walgreens
Twenty Samsung Focus™ Windows® Phones from AT&T

Sounders FC will give away 2,000 free co-branded adidas T-shirts and hotdogs in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park prior to the team’s March to the Match. Distribution of hotdogs and t-shirts will begin at 5 p.m. and will be made available to ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Limit one t-shirt and one hot dog per ticket.

The Sounders FC will also recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of annual screenings. Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero and midfielder Servando Carrasco participated in Public Service Announcements which will be featured on the video boards.

Match day elements will include the following: special edition pink adidas Jabulani match balls, pink scarves for coaches and team sideline personnel, all players will have a pink ribbon patch on their jersey, adidas will provide pink keeper jerseys and some players will wear pink shoelaces and wristbands. The game officials will wear pink jersey patches, pink whistles and wristbands.

The local chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) will distribute 20,000 pink ribbons to fans as they enter the stadium. Representatives from ZTA and the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will have booths in Soccer Celebration to share information on breast cancer and raise awareness.

The CenturyLink Field arch lights will be pink Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout the month of October.

The Pro Shop will be selling a variety of pink merchandise throughout the month with a pledge to donate 10% of the sales to the Pink Daisy Project. The Pink Daisy Project, headquartered in Bellevue, connects breast cancer patients under age 45 with assistance for everyday needs. For more information visit

Fans can raise awareness by wearing pink Sounders FC items throughout the month including: scarves, caps, t-shirts and lapel pins.

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  1. The only disappointing part to this is that it’s on Fox Soccer Channel, a premium network. That and the people calling games on that channel aren’t on the same level as Arlo is. Least he’ll still be on the radio.

  2. elmocatt says:

    Here are some notes for the Soccer Insider crowd – I attended the soccer presentation by author Simon Kuper along with Arlo White and Sigi in Seattle on Tuesday night, referenced a couple of blog items prior.

    Characters in the Game Today. KUPER – because of the amount of money and corporate involvement in soccer now, players have to be more bland and less controversal, rarely have much of interest to say in interviews.
    SIGI- Agreed that players regard teams as their employer now, although Rosales and Roger are the team characters. Sigi then made a joke about trying to trade Roger to Portland, but not having a lot of luck with that.

    Development of Soccer in US. KUPER – Soccer in US has two main demographics – hispanics in general and middle/upper class. Midwest and the south (both blacks and whites) lag well behind in interest.
    SIGI – On which is better for US soccer – team academies or college game – Academy offers better technical development, but college offers better social and psychological development for the players.

    Role of Coaches in modern soccer. SIGI – game is changing for head coaches, becoming more of an overseer of team’s other coaches (GK , fitness, assistants, etc) as in football, as opposed to hands on with the players.

  3. elmocatt says:

    Part two of notes from presentation by Simon Kuper, Arlo White and Sigi.

    Soccernomics – basically “Moneyball” for soccer – use of statistics.
    KUPER – role of statistical analysis is growing in soccer, but it is harder than other sports given no stoppages in play and players interacting all at once, rather than a batter and a pitcher like in baseball. Pass completion in the final third is a key stat for modern teams (SIGI enthusiastically agreed with this). Kuper believed Arsene Wenger is one of the best at this – selling players at high point, just as skills are declining based on data analysis.
    SIGI – Sounders doing “soccernomics” more and more, and are ahead of other MLS teams. Believed that Sounders have been more successful that other new MLS teams since team did alot of data collection prior to the draft (compared to other new teams) using a North Carolina based sports data company. He pointed to the many players still on sounder roster three years later, compared to roster turnover on Philly, Portland and Vancouver, as evidence that team’s homework paid off.

    Future of US national team. SIGI – believes that Klinsmann needs more time to shape team, but concerned that Klinsmann has no solid tactical assistant such as Joachim Löw when he was German coach. Related that he told Klinsmann his opinion of several MLS players that are competing for spots (that Sigi was not impressed with) but that Klinnsman wanted to give those players a few more looks – Sigi did not mention names but included one who did not do a good job in the match tuesday night v. Ecuador based on his comments.

    Future of Sounders. SIGI – team will be replacing several players after this season (no names or positions mentioned, however). Team is already looking at other new signings for next season. Once new players are identified, team does a good job connecting them (and their family) to community, making them feel at home, taking care of relocation and familiarization issues, etc. Sounders do a much better job at this than other MLS clubs which gives club an edge when it comes to signing players.

    It was a very interesting conversation moderated by Arlo White, who told a couple of funny stories, as well as kept the dialog flowing. Hopefully there are some good insights here for everyone to consider.

  4. exSlacker says:

    elmocatt – thanks for sharing those notes. Very interesting.

  5. Don Ruiz says:

    Yeah, thanks E. I wanted to get over there, but had a conflict. Appreciate the report. And will move it up to its own free-standing post, if that’s all right with you.

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