The Sounders of the old North American Soccer League were formed in 1974, which sets up this upcoming MLS season as a 40th anniversary. As such, the team announced plans to celebrate the four decades of professional soccer in the area. Here are some highlights:
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— A ceremonial 40th anniversary match will be Oct. 10 vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps (a rival also established in 1974).
— There is a 40th anniversary logo that will be featured on the new third kit (yet to be revealed) and also on the Rave green jerseys in the March 8 season opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 8. The logo will also be in use for the games played in front of a full stadium (yet to be announced) and games against the San Jose Earthquakes (also established in 1974). The logo will be used in eight regular-season games total.
— Merchandise celebrating the 40th anniversary will be available at the Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field and downtown Seattle. A banner celebrating the 40th anniversary will be in the southeast corner of CenturyLink Field throughout the season.
— Former players and coaches will be honored on game days throughout the season.
— Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager, said in a news release: “We are honored to celebrate the rich and storied tradition of soccer in Seattle. The Sounders have been a fabric of this community for four decades and we will pay tribute to its history and our fans all season long.”