When Kim Kee-Hee’s signing was unofficially announced by the South Korean’s Twitter account, the newest Seattle Sounders defender unknowingly stepped into a bit of controversy. Kim was pictured wearing not just a Sounders jersey, but the No. 20, a number that carries a lot of history.
Since 2002, only one player has worn that number for the Sounders: Zach Scott, who retired in 2016 after 15 seasons that spanned the USL and MLS eras of the team.
Asked about his number choice on Wednesday, Kim said “I’ve been wearing No. 4 all my life in my career, but I picked No. 20 yesterday. I’ve seen a lot of tweets about 20, but I don’t know why yet.”
(It’s worth noting that the No. 4 is currently occupied by Gustav Svensson.)
During those 15 seasons, Scott made 349 appearances across all competitions, won four U.S. Open Cups, two USL league championships, a Supporters’ Shield and a MLS Cup. He also had a reputation for being a selfless, team-first player. Given that, his reaction to Kim’s number choice was probably predictable.