As Mike Gastineau said in his book about the rebirth of our franchise, Authentic Masterpiece, Seattle is a big league city. For that attendance suffered for the USL Sounders. In 2009, when we entered the upper echelons of soccer stateside, the fans came in droves. The phenomenon persists. Walking the streets of Seattle, you always see a track jacket or ball cap, Sounders insignias are everywhere.
The Sounders and soccer are enmeshed deep in the fabric of our region, and Puget Sounders can’t get enough team coverage. This is unique. Last year I travelled to other MLS cities, L.A., Salt Lake, D.C. and Philadelphia. I saw nary a local MLS logo. Today, I am providing a primer of all the media our region offers to feed your big league Sounders fix.
The Seattle Times: Joshua Mayers does yeoman’s work keeping the team in the city’s paper, though I wish the Times would cover the Sounders as extensively as they do the Seahawks and Mariners.
Tacoma News Tribune: Don Ruiz is a fine writer and reporter and a must follow on Twitter.
Q13 Fox and JoeTV: At the beginning of the season, the Sounders announced a transition from KING 5/KONG TV to Q13 Fox and JoeTV. It seemed like a seamless transition for the first month’s slate of games. However, the last broadcast against FC Dallas was very poor. Many fans were atwitter about the kangaroo camera angles. In a very stressful first half when Dallas had our goal under siege, the wide-high, corner camera angle was so unnatural and distracting. Noticing shoddy production, took me out of the game, something that never happened with KING/KONG.
Sounders FC Weekly: KIRO radio’s weekly Saturday morning broadcast is a favorite in my household. Matt Johnson hosts a great show and is often accompanied by Ross Fletcher and Wade Webber. 8:00 am Saturdays on ESPN Seattle 710 AM.
Nos Audietis: The official podcast accompaniment of Sounder at Heart. Jeremiah Oshan and Aaron Campeau run a helluva show. My wife and I never miss it.
Seattle Soccer Talk: Mike Gastineau hosts a brand new Tuesday night radio show on KJR 950 AM. If all shows are as good as last night’s, we have a new media gem.
SoundersNation.com: A small blog made good. Brian Stern started this independent blog a few years ago and was rewarded with an invitation to Sports Illustrated’s Fansided blog network. The blog is growing and staffed by a stable of talented and hilarious writers. Full disclosure: I contribute here.
SounderAtHeart.com: The grand daddy of them all, you probably need no other context.
Greenandshale.com: A fine independent blog. The three writers update regularly and contribute in-depth and opinionated posts.
Ravinggreen.com: Thanks for reading fellow Ravers!