It was May Day, and the sun was uncharacteristically blazing Thursday afternoon, but The Museum of History and Industry was floating on its own tide. The place may as well have pulled on a Sammy costume for how many Seattle Sounders fans came through the door throughout the day. This particular First Thursday saw MOHAI host a Sounders 40th Anniversary party, remembering the many iterations of pro soccer in Seattle over the years.
Jerseys from all eras were on display, as well as dozens of team photographs. A looping video commemorated the original NASL team with a bit on the end of Seattle's original announcement joining MLS (which I believe was played at the home opener this year). Behind those was the 40th anniversary graphic the team installed in the tunnel this season, including tweets from fans (among them a few SaH staffers) and current and former players.
However, the most special artifacts were certainly the trophies. The Open Cups and USL-era pieces were there as we've seen a few times. But the NASL hardware? That is rarely seen.
Later on in the afternoon, Brad Evans and Alan Hinton sat down for some autographs, and Taylor Graham was wandering around being awesome as well. Three eras represented.
I didn't bring a camera (don't own one actually), but Twitter picked up the slack. Thanks Twitter!
Some of the @SoundersFC history on display @MOHAI today for #freefirstthursday. Come join us! Player signing in PM. pic.twitter.com/oOBvFM2rZH— Meris Mullaley (@merismullaley) May 1, 2014
NASL Sounders trophies out of hibernation for 1 day only to join other artifacts, Thursday @MOHAI. Free adm. #SFC40 pic.twitter.com/oN1CC0dXFx— Frank MacDonald (@frankmSounders) April 30, 2014
@SoundersFC @MOHAI and lunch on the water. Fantastic way to spend a long lunch break! pic.twitter.com/5zv6NF5aHO— Meredith LowePrather (@MerLowePrather) May 1, 2014
Fans who have never been still could have reason to visit. The area just above the main entrance has a display case for Seattle sports, and a video nextdoor showcasing the city features a Sanna Nyassi goal pretty early in.