You didn’t think soccer would be ultra popular in America, did you? Neither did we. But it is! Well, at least in Seattle.
The Seattle Sounders FC has a HUGE fan following here, and earlier this week we went to our first Sounders game at Centurylink Field for our mate Aaron’s 30th birthday.
The Sounders were playing a team called Olimpia, who are (we discovered) from the Honduras.
We were also kind of amused to discover that that green stuff you can see there is not actually grass, but turf! Apparently grass doesn’t fare well in the rainy and wet Pacific Northwest.
Like everything, the game was loud and proud, with big bands in the stands, fire shooting up from the goal posts (yeah!), about 25 “injuries” on behalf of Olimpia (with plenty of boo-ing) and lots of crowd chanting! Fricken awesome.
And yes, we watched it while drinking beer and eating an all-American stadium hot dog! (Known as a Seattle Dog – which was actually pretty damn yum).
Eshy & Delia:
At the last minute, to our excitement, the Sounders won! They beat Olimpia 2-1. The crowd went nuts!! (And so did we).
Here’s a shot of the famous arches of Centurylink, visible from most places in Seattle. The stadium also doubles up for the football, and is where the Seattle Seahawks play (unfortunately tickets to that are like $300+! Bugger).
By the time the game finished, it was dark and naturally, we headed out for a few more beers at a local German brewhouse.
Overall, we had a total blast at the Sounders game and were pretty thrilled to finally go watch some ‘Merican sport. Can’t wait for the next Sounders match!