The Sounders will be easing the minds of their fans as they (hopefully) hit the back of the net in the upcoming struggle with the Galaxy for conference dominance, but they'll also be doing their part to relieve the stress of some sick or injured men and women in uniform. The team, along with Outerwall (creators of RedBox and CoinStar), will give $1,500 to the Fisher House Foundation for every Sounders goal.
The not-for-profit constructs apartments to provide free temporary housing for military families while service members are treated at Veterans Affairs and other military hospitals worldwide. With 64 homes in operation, Fisher House says they have racked up 5.2 million days of free lodging. The savings in money and stress for these families during difficult times are surely monumental.
The VA Puget Sound and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fisher House facilities will benefit from the donations, especially as a second home for Lewis-McChord is currently under construction.
This program was actually in place for the home leg of the conference semifinals as well, but the dearth of goals made for an underwhelming act of charity. Sounders goals home and away will count this time, and if the teams play to a scoreless stalemate? All penalties made in a potential shootout situation will be deemed to add up to one "goal", and the partners will make the donation.
In addition to the cash, the team will donate four tickets to a 2015 match and 4 passes to the Field Club pre-match experience for every tally.
I'm off to rent The Patriot, do you think RedBox has it?
Moar goals. Obaflips for veterans. Sounders, we salute you.