As players and coaches gather near the bench for one last pregame huddle, a vibrant banner is unfurled in the Emerald City Supporters' section behind the south goal at a buzzing CenturyLink Field.The colorful flags of a dozen nations are artistically displayed, and there's a message below a series of silhouetted figures:
E Pluribus Sounders
The Latin phrase translates to, "Out of many, Sounders." It's an ode to the distinct international flavor of the home team.
— Sounders are international, with players from four continents, 14 countries | Sounders | The Seattle Times Our local mainstream scribes assigned soccer as their daily duty do a fine job. This long for a modern newspaper look at the difficulties and strengths of a highly international sport and team is done by Joshua Mayers and deserves your look. It's the front of sports section top-of-fold story in the Sunday paper, and who doesn't like an MLS team getting that kind of attention?