What makes the Sounders, and their story, and fans so special is the fact that Seattle is a West Coast city which in general doesn’t have a history, or a very young one. A history that is often eclipsed in the US by it’s East Coast rivals or in the world by, mostly, European cities.
But not with soccer. The US and it’s media has chosen to look away, smirk, make fun of and in general treat it with by now well documented ridicule and this suits Seattle well. A city that as always felt that it’s not really being understood in the world.
It’s the Kurt Cobain generation.