This isn't a Sounders site. This is a Mariners site. This will be the only time I put up a game thread on Lookout Landing. But dammit, if the first game in Seattle Sounders FC franchise history doesn't deserve one, I'm not sure what does.
I know a lot of you aren't soccer fans, and many of those of you who are aren't particularly into MLS. But today is a special day in Seattle. Today is going to be full of all the pagentry and emotion and completely irrational devotion that combine to make professional sports great. Today thousands of fans are going to march through the city to Qwest Field hours before kickoff, all wearing what can only be described as a garish shade of green. Today 32,000 people are going to jam themselves into a stadium and sing and cheer their asses off, supporting a team in a sport that people thought would never succeed in America.
It's going to be special. And regardless of your views on soccer and/or MLS, it's an event you won't regret being a part of. So take some time out of your day to flip on ESPN2 at 6:00 to watch the game, or head downtown in the afternoon to take part in the festivities. Hell, maybe you'll even like what you see on the pitch.
And let's be honest. By 6 on Thursday your brackets are going to be fucked already. You might as well let your brand-new Sounders cheer you up.
Likely Sounders starting lineup:
Fredy Montero (forward), Nate Jaqua (forward), Brad Evans (attacking mid), Sebastien Le Toux (wing), Sanna Nyassi (wing), Osvaldo Alonso (defensive mid), Nate Sturgis (outside back), Tyrone Marshall (center back), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (center back), James Riley (outside back), Kasey Keller (goalkeeper)