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February 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Sounders FC announces plans for 40th anniversary celebration this season

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.”

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