Qwest Field to Host League's 14th Championship Match on Sunday, Nov. 22
Sounders FC and the passionate soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest will host Major League Soccer's premier event, MLS Cup 2009, at Qwest Field on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET (live on ESPN).
Even before their debut match in Major League Soccer, Seattle Sounders FC already have attracted a large fan base. The club has sold more than 20,000 season ticket packages, which now include a ticket to MLS Cup 2009, the League's 14th annual championship game. Seattle kicks off its inaugural season on March 19 in the opening game of the 2009 Regular Season.
"The city of Seattle and Qwest Field will be a tremendous setting for our country's marquee soccer event of the year," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. "The stadium was designed with soccer in mind and we believe the buzz surrounding Sounders FC will add to the electricity at our championship game. We hope to see supporters clubs from all around the League join us in the Emerald City in November, regardless of which two teams advance to the final."
Qwest Field will become the eighth stadium to host Major League Soccer's championship game. Qwest Field is quickly becoming one of the nation's premier soccer venues as the stadium has hosted numerous large-scale soccer events including exhibition matches for the national teams of Brazil, China, Mexico, Canada, and Venezuela, as well as exhibitions for some of the world's top clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Celtic and Chelsea FC. Qwest Field also was a host venue for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and will serve as a host venue for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"This is a tremendous honor and reward for our season ticket holders and an added incentive for our coaches and players," said majority owner Joe Roth.
MLS Cup is the pinnacle of professional soccer in the United States, as a nearly eight-month long journey ends with one team being crowned the champions of Major League Soccer. In 2008, the Columbus Crew captured their first MLS Cup championship at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., by defeating the New York Red Bulls 3-1.
For more information about MLS Cup tickets, fans should call Seattle Sounders FC for details at 877-MLS-GOAL or visit www.soundersfc.com
MLS CUP SITES
MLS Cup 2009 – Qwest Field (Seattle, Wash.)
MLS Cup 2008 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2007 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 2006 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
MLS Cup 2005 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
MLS Cup 2004 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2003 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
MLS Cup 2002 – Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
MLS Cup 2001 – Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
MLS Cup 2000 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 1999 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
MLS Cup 1998 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
MLS Cup 1997 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
MLS Cup 1996 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and features many stars from the U.S. and around the world. MLS kicks off the League's 14th
season on March 19 with 15 teams: the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC and, in its inaugural season, Seattle Sounders FC. A Philadelphia expansion team will debut in 2010. For more information about MLS, log on to the League's official Web site at www.MLSnet.com
About Quest Fielld
In June of 1997, Washington State voters approved a funding package to build a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. Today, Qwest Field is widely regarded as the finest stadium in the country both in terms of its beauty and setting in the heart of downtown Seattle.
Qwest Field is the home of the MLS Sounders FC and the NFL Seahawks. The facility hosts more than 300 events and 1.2 million visitors each year.