Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer met the media a while today regarding the announcement of U.S. Soccer that the USA’s World Cup qualifier with Panama will be played June 11 at CenturyLink Field.
“It’s fantastic. I was so excited,” he said. “Jurgen (Klinsmann) called me, it must be a couple of months ago now, saying ‘We really want to have a game in Seattle, let’s start working on it.’ Everybody worked well together to get it over the finish line. It looks like it’s going to be an important game, and hopefully our Seattle fans can give the team a big home-field advantage.”
Hanauer also said:
A temporary grass field will be put in, and the Sounders will use it for their home match against Vancouver.
The club will consider this game plus the Golf Cup games when deciding whether to schedule a Sounders friendly this season.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said:
“I think it’s great. I think it’s great for the city of Seattle. I think we deserve to have a qualifier here, and want to make sure our fans get out there and support it in full force, just like they do us every week when we play, and create an atmosphere that will make it very beneficial for the U.S. team here.”