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Published February 4, 2010
|Sounders FC's Presence In MLS Continues To
Grow As Club Again Has Season's First Match
STATE OF THE UNION: In Philadelphia, Marc Narducci notes the expansion Union will play their first game in the new PPL Park in Chester on June 27 against Sounders FC. Union President Tom Veit: "The league really worked with us because we wanted to have as many home games as possible in our stadium. I think this is the best possible situation." Veit said that the team has "sold nearly 9,500 season tickets at its new stadium," with a cut-off point of around 12,000. Until the new facility is complete, the club will play at Lincoln Financial Field (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/4).
STAR ATTRACTION: In Seattle, Jose Miguel Romero writes Sounders FC's "presence continues to grow," as the club again has the "first match of the season in the entire league" on March 25 against the Union at Qwest Field. The game is "one of seven Sounders FC appearances on ESPN2 this year," and "no other MLS team appears on an ESPN network more often." The team has 10 total games on national television, and Sounders Senior VP/Business Operations Gary Wright said, "I know the networks like doing games from Qwest Field, and that is a real tribute to the fans and the atmosphere they have created in the stadium" (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/4).
NO BULL: In N.Y., Michael Lewis reports the Red Bulls, who will debut their new Red Bull Arena next month, are "interested in hosting the MLS Cup this year." Red Bulls Managing Dir Erik Stover: "We're seriously considering it. We will put in an application." An MLS source said that the team is "under consideration along with several other cities" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/4).