The Seattle Sounders FC are set to once again be the hottest ticket in Seattle this summer.
The Sounders announced earlier this week that the home opener on March 25 against first—year side, the Philadelphia Union, has been sold out.
Additonally, the Sounders May 8th game against the Los Angeles Galaxy is sold out as well.
With a capacity of 35800 set for MLS games and with 32,000 season tickets already sold, the Sounders have a very good chance of selling out every home game this season.
While the Sounders have the best fans in MLS, the question is whether the second year Sounders can be as successful on the park as they are off it?
Making the playoffs again is expected and the addition of Dutch FC Twente and Swiss international star, Blaise Nkufo, will help with that.
Nkufo, who will join Seattle in mid—July after this summer’s World Cup, where he will be playing for Switzerland, will bring some maturity and experience to the Sounders' attack. At six—foot—two inches, Nkufo has scored over 200 career goals in club and international play.
“He’s a proven goal—scorer who has had a good run with the Swiss National Team in their qualifying for the World Cup,” head coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s had a tremendous run at Twente and is a player that knows how to find space in the box at appropriate moments.”
The Sounders will have 14 games left in their MLS schedule when Nkufo arrives and his first game could be the July 15 match at DC United. Additionally, the Sounders will be involved in the CONCACAF Champions League beginning in late July and Nkufo will be a welcome addition to the squad for those games.
For those looking to see the Sounders in action before the home opener, they will be playing two games against former and future rivals, the current USL Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers.
Seattle plays at Vancouver this Saturday March 6th at four pm at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.
The following Thursday, March 11th, Seattle hosts Portland in the inaugural Sounders FC Community Shield match. Kickoff is at six pm on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.