Ushers who work games at Qwest stadium for the Seattle Seahawks football team and now the Sounders say they are amazed by Sounder fans standing, stomping and chanting for the full 90 minutes of play, many waving bright green Sounders scarves. Joy, underwritten by one of Microsoft’s ubiquitous sponsorships, prevails.
“They wanted this,” said Grallin Butler, an usher presiding over Section 129 on Saturday.
Even in a city that has supported professional football, baseball and basketball teams for decades, many people say that something else is at work in the instant passion for the Sounders. They say it reflects the region’s well-established affection for soccer but also its conviction that it is not quite like the rest of America. When Seattle cheers the Sounders, it cheers its civic image.
“Soccer is kind of the alternative sport for the United States,” said J. B. Wogan, 24, a reporter for a suburban weekly newspaper. “And Seattle is kind of an alternative city.”
Mr. Wogan was standing with friends in a section where a man with a megaphone led cheers of “Seattle Sounders Olé.”The promotion plan for the team has appealed to that notion as well as to the city’s international aspirations. The FC at the end of the team’s name stands for Football Club, intended to evoke a European feel. The Sounders scarves were another idea imported from overseas. Billboards, including one near the docks where salmon fisherman still leave for Alaska each spring, say: “The world’s game comes to Seattle.”
The funny thing, of course, is that Seattelites aren't worldly enough to realize that soccer is a prole sport in Europe.
From Stuff White People Like, #80 "The Idea of Soccer:"
Many white people will tell you that they are very into soccer. But be careful, it’s a trap.
If you then attempt to engage them about your favorite soccer team or talk about famous moments in soccer history, you are likely to be met with blank stares. This is because white people don’t actually enjoy watching soccer, they just like telling their friends that they are into it.In fact, the main reason white people like soccer is so they can buy a new scarf.