List of Seattle Sounders FC seasons

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Sounders FC players celebrate after winning the 2009 U.S. Open Cup.

Seattle Sounders FC is a soccer (association football) team based in Seattle, Washington, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the most senior soccer league in the United States. Sounders FC was established in 2007 as an MLS expansion team and began play in 2009. In addition to the MLS season, Seattle also competes in the annual U.S. Open Cup tournament. Depending on the team's performance in these two competitions, they may also qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in the same year and the CONCACAF Champions League the following year. The CONCACAF Champions League winner qualifies for the next FIFA Club World Cup.

On September 2, 2009, Sounders FC won the U.S. Open Cup final by defeating D.C. United 2–1 on the road at RFK Stadium. They became the second MLS expansion team to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season.[1] Seattle successfully defended the cup on October 5, 2010, by defeating the Columbus Crew, 2–1.[2] Seattle hosted the 2010 final at Qwest Field; the attendance of 31,311[3] broke the 81-year-old U.S. Open Cup tournament record.[4] The Sounders became the first club to repeat as the U.S. Open Cup champion since 1983.[5] In their 2011 season, the Sounders once again qualified and hosted the US Open Cup final, this time defeating the Chicago Fire by a score of 2–0. The Sounders became the first team to win three consecutive US Open Cup championships since the Greek Americans did so in 1967-1969.[6] For the second year in a row the Sounders also broke the tournament record for attendance as a crowd of 36,615 attended the match at CenturyLink Field.[7]

Sounders FC set the MLS average attendance record in 2009 at 30,943 fans per game[8] and sold out every match.[9] In 2010, they broke their own record with an average of 36,173 per match[10] and again sold out every league match.[11] In 2011 the Sounders once again broke their own record with an average attendance of 38,498.[12]

Sigi Schmid has been the head coach since the club's inaugural season.[13]

Seasons[edit]

Year P Pts W L D GF GA Pos. (Conf.) Playoffs U.S.
Open Cup
CONCACAF
Champions League
Coach Name Goals Team
MVP
Average
Attendance1
Major League Soccer Top Scorer1
2009 30 47 12 7 11 38 29 4th (3rd) Conf. Semi-finals Champions Did not qualify Sigi Schmid Fredy Montero 12[14] Kasey Keller[14] 30,943[15]
2010 30 48 14 10 6 39 35 6th (4th) Conf. Semi-finals Champions Group Stage Sigi Schmid Fredy Montero
Steve Zakuani
10[16] Osvaldo Alonso[16] 36,173[17]
2011 34 63 18 7 9 56 37 2nd (2nd) Conf. Semi-finals Champions Quarterfinals Sigi Schmid Fredy Montero 12[18] Osvaldo Alonso[18] 38,496[19]
2012 34 56 15 8 11 51 33 7th (3rd) Conf. Finals Runners-up Semifinals Sigi Schmid Eddie Johnson 14[20] Osvaldo Alonso[21] 43,144[22]
2013 34 52 15 12 7 42 42 6th (4th) Conf. Semi-finals Third Round Did not qualify Sigi Schmid Eddie Johnson 9[23] Osvaldo Alonso[24] 44,038[25]
2014 16 35 11 3 2 33 23 TBD (TBD) TBD TBD Did not qualify Sigi Schmid - - - -

^ 1. Top Scorer and Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Goff, Steven (October 6, 2010). "Nyassi is nice: Seattle Sounders defeat Columbus Crew, 2-1, to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Seattle Sounders FC Earn Second Consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Title in Front of Record-Setting Crowd at Qwest Field". United States Soccer Federation. October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mayers, Joshua (September 13, 2010). "You've done it again -- 22,000 tickets sold for Open Cup final". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ French, Scott (October 5, 2010). "U.S. OPEN CUP: Sigi's Sounders are champs". ESPN. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gaschk, Matt. "Three-attle!!!". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup-Record crowd". FOX Chicago News. October 5, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Winner, Andrew (October 25, 2009). "Home crowd gives Sounders FC big boost". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ Romero, José Miguel (November 4, 2009). "Sounders success story, by the numbers". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ Winner, Andrew (October 17, 2010). "Fans motivate Seattle to 2-1 win over Chivas". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Mayers, Joshua (October 14, 2010). "Sounders FC release Chivas USA preview & broadcast info". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ Ruiz, Don. "Sounders setting their sights on another attendance mark Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/10/17/1868118/sounders-setting-their-sights.html#storylink=cpy". The News Tribune. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Romero, José Miguel (December 16, 2008). "Sigi Schmid becomes Sounders FC's first coach". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 16, 2008. 
  14. ^ a b Gaschk, Matt (December 3, 2009). "Sounders FC announces team awards". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  15. ^ Kennedy, Paul (January 28, 2010). "Seattle set to shatter own attendance record". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Gaschk, Matt (December 3, 2010). "Alonso is MVP". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  17. ^ Winner, Andrew (October 16, 2010). "Fans motivate Seattle to 2-1 win over Chivas". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Sounders FC Announces Team Award Recipients". Seattle Sounders FC. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ Ruiz, Don (October 31, 2011). "http://blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer/2011/10/31/sounders-on-pace-for-eighth-largest-mls-playoff-crowd/". The Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Mayers, Joshua (October 30, 2012). "Injury to high-scoring Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson not as bad as feared". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ Mayers, Joshua. "Osvaldo Alonso voted Sounders FC's MVP for the third year in a row". Seattle Times. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  22. ^ Ruiz, Don (October 21, 2012). "Sounders win, clinch RSL date, set attendance mark … but miss out on Cascadia Cup". The Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Mayers, Joshua (August 27, 2013). "Sounders FC 1, L.A. Galaxy 1, video highlights and postgame notes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Osvaldo Alonso Named Sounders FC MVP". Sounders FC Public Relations. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  25. ^ Gaschk, Matt (October 29, 2013). "Seattle breaks attendance record for fifth straight season". Sounders FC. Retrieved November 23, 2013.