Beautiful article in ESPN magazine about everything that’s right about the Sounders.

The stats:

Per game, the Sounders outdraw the Mariners almost 2 to 1

And:

Merchandise sales are on a par with the Seahawks

And coach Sigi Schmidt:

“For everyone in American soccer,” says Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, “I always tell people, you have to make a pilgrimage to Seattle. What you hoped soccer would be, it’s actually like that here.”

This is how the Sounders won the heart of the region and is conquering the world:

Take the world’s game and make it their own.

Last weekend I took my 7 year old son to his first game starting a tradition and rooting in him a love for the most beautiful game in the world. Seattle you make me so proud and I don’t feel bad a bit that I am cheating on my original home team VfB Stuttgart.

The Sounders are the future of soccer for my family!