David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Seattle Soccer Examiner

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sounders players, fans have always had special bond

While the rest of the 'mainstream' Seattle sports scene has gone about its business over the years the Sounders of recent days and of old have always maintained a special bond with their fans. Sounders FC of Major League Soccer have some pretty high standards to live up to in that department. Seattle soccer fans are used to having access to their heroes and even to being called by first name by players who they have gotten to know well.

Nowhere is this history of a close relationship more evident than in our latest blast from the past Sounders photo gallery from Jenni Conner. Here are shots from the North American Soccer League (NASL) years when famous English lads came to the shores of Puget Sound and found new 'family.'

Fans and players mingled at picnics, homes were opened, friendships were started. Some of those players have remained in the Seattle area, raised families, coached youth clubs. NASL fun with the Seattle Sounders: a new gallery

See also our first in this flashback series: The 1970's Sounders Reserves.

Next: The original Sounders on the pitch.

The entire 35-year history of the Seattle Sounders is archived online at GOALSeattle.com

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