Seattle Sounders FC played its first MLS match March 19, 2009: a 3-0 win over the New York Red Bulls before a crowd of 32,608. Two of the goals came from Fredy Montero -- the inaugural in the 12th minute -- with the other from Brad Evans.
Above is coach Sigi Schmid's recollection. Below, some quotes from veteran Zach Scott:
On that first game: Going from 2008 and like 2,500 fans in the stands to not really knowing what our support was going to be for that first (MLS) match, and then walking out to 36,000 strong with scarves raised in the air with chanting. Very surreal moment. One that was very hard to play in because it was the loudest game I can remember – just not being able to hear anything that was going on during the match. Tons of emotion for guys on the field. And then just a great performance, a great way to cap it all off start start the MLS Sounders winning the first game.
On that game foreshadowing success: To be honest, I didn’t know if that was something that we could sustain, and every year it’s gotten bigger and better and the fans have gotten more passionate and more involved and the team has done well every year and been more successful every year. It was like, ‘Is this going to be tops? Is this going to be the best that it’s going to be?’ At the time I would have said, ‘Yeah.’ But we continually outdo ourselves with our play on the field and with our fan support.
On where it ranks among his soccer memories: Tops easily. Tops easily. That was one of my most favorite soccer memories. It encompassed everything, but in the stands to on the field – just being super-happy to be a part of it.