Seattle lost a local legend this week. Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and his self-title work, took his own life shortly after a concert in Detroit. Cornell was a huge Seattle sports fan. He loved the Sonics, the Seahawks and Mariners. My only evidence he knew of the Sounders is his interaction with me.
Chris helped define a musical genre that defined Seattle and a generation. And now he’s gone.
During today’s game a vast majority of the music the Seattle Sounders will play during pregame, halftime and postgame will be music that Cornell wrote and sang. It is their way to honor the man and the fans who loved both he and the team.
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The musical honors for Chris Cornell will not diminish the plans for Military Appreciation Match. The team is still having a EA-18 Growler flyover, a massive flag ceremony, challenge coins, the anthem will be lead by a Marine, a Gold Star family will take out the match ball and a POW remembrance.
Sounders FC hold an annual Military Appreciation Match. This year it is on Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday of May). They have ticket specials for serving, retired and discharged service members as well as the pomp and circumstance of Saturday’s events.
If you receive the ECS match day email you got a stark reminder that suicide and veterans’ issues are not far removed. Armed Services Group lost one of their members. As a veteran, a holder of an ASG scarf, and a lover of the Sounders that hurts.
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