This courtesy of the team:
“Being selected to participate in the first match of the season is a testament to the passion and energy of our fans,” said Sounders FC Majority Owner Joe Roth. “They have created an exciting atmosphere that is respected by coaches and players throughout the league.”
Philadelphia will be making its debut as the 16th team in MLS. Seattle joined the league this season, and is on pace to break the regular season attendance record. All 14 home matches to date have been sold out.
In First Kick 2009, the Sounders FC hosted the New York Red Bulls on March 19, attracting a capacity crowd of 32,523. Seattle won, 3-0.
My humble opinion: OK, so the Emerald City takes center stage once again next March. How could it not, I ask? Big crowds night after night, a solid and generally affordable product, and all in all a pretty successful opening campaign that surpassed pretty much everyone’s expecations on the field and off. Good to see the league make the smart money choice, and good for the Philly Union — their fans watching on TV will get to see “how it’s done,” so to speak.