Seattle Sounders FC will play English Premier League club West Ham United in a friendly July 5 at CenturyLink Field.
The match announced Wednesday will be Seattle’s 10th international friendly since joining Major League Soccer in 2009 and the fifth against an English club. The Sounders are 0-3-1 against EPL teams. The draw came in the most recent match, 3-3 versus Tottenham in 2014.
The West Ham friendly will add to what already was a busy stretch for the Sounders, who have an MLS match July 2 at Toronto followed by home games July 9 against Los Angeles and July 13 against Dallas.
“Sometimes it’s good to keep your guys in rhythm,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Playing against West Ham is going to be a great opportunity. I think players always look forward to playing against good teams.”
West Ham has 62 points in the current EPL season, its highest total in the Premier League era. The team has gotten points from 11 of its last 12 matches.
Sounders right back Tyrone Mears played there in 2006-07.
“I think the one thing that stands out about West Ham is the fans’ support,” he said. “I know they’ve been talking for a long time to change the stadium, move to a bigger stadium. I think it’s great for the club. I think it’s sad because there’s a lot of history with the old ground, but I think moving forward it’s massive for the club, and they can easily join the top five teams in the Premiership now.”
The friendly is included in Sounders’ season and half-season ticket packages, and the normal MLS seating configuration will be used. Single-game tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The Sounders fly to Texas on Thursday for their 6 p.m. Saturday match at FC Dallas. … Schmid, still recovering from a broken left fibula, has switched to a lighter pair of crutches, which has says was a gift from U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.