The 2019 regular season is officially in the books for the Seattle Sounders. It was a long and weird season for many reasons. As they did last year, the Sounders released a team graphic that encapsulates the many twists and turns of this very long season. I will do my very best to describe everything happening in this graphic, but I’m sure I’ll miss something, so feel free to fill in the gaps in the comments.
The top row consists of Justin Dhillon, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jonathan Campbell, Kim Kee-hee, Román Torres, Will Bruin, Handwalla Bwana, and Chad Marshall. Saad began the year with dreadlocks, and you can see him in the poster shedding his hair for a new look. Campbell had a killer beard for most of the season but decided to shave it off recently. Don’t worry, he’s still incredibly handsome. Kim and Torres are standing back to back, presumably because they were the first choice CB partnership for most of the season. Bruin suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the summer, but was able to make his broadcast debut during the Sounders away match at Colorado. Bwana is doing a backflip and Chad Marshall is holding up his newly minted golden scarf.
The next row down contains Luis Silva, Kelvin Leerdam, Alex and Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris, Harry Shipp, Gustav Svensson, and Henry Wingo in the form of a Husky. Svensson is holding the horrible goose. Shipp is holding a ship. Cristian and Jordan are holding an American flag, probably because they went to the Gold Cup this summer. Alex is pranking Cristian with the bunny ears while Cristian is also eating his favorite food. Wingo left the team in the summer to go play in Norway. He’s represented by a Husky presumably because he went to the University of Washington.
The second row from the bottom contains Emanuel Cecchini, Nicolás Lodeiro, Nouhou, Jordy Delem, Raúl Ruidíaz, Brad Smith and Joevin Jones. Cecchini and Lodeiro are sharing a Mate tea, which is a popular South American beverage. Nouhou and Delem, forever the team’s best online personalities, are taking a selfie together that definitely will be on Instagram later. Ruidíaz is doing his patented goal celebration. You can also see that he is wearing an armband with the word “SIGI”, honoring former Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, who passed away in the offseason. Smith and Jones are holding signs that say “STAYED” and “RETURNED” because one of them stayed with the team and the other returned from his time in Germany.
The last row starts with the team’s goalkeepers: Stefan Frei, Bryan Meredith, Trey Muse, and Bheem Goyal. Next to them you can see Xavier Arreaga, Víctor Rodríguez, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, and Danny Leyva. Frei is painting one of his signature abstract paintings while Muse and Meredith are holding the canvas. It looks like Frei “accidentally” paints on Meredith’s face, which ends up looking an awful lot like the “Greater Green” campaign the Sounders rolled out this season. Bheem is holding the Cascadia Cup, which the Sounders won in Portland in August. Arreaga has on his yellow undershirt and is striking the pose he can be seen doing after each time the Sounders win. Rodríguez is doing finger guns and AOC & Leyva have backpacks on because they’re still in high school.
The Other Stuff
Why stop there? There were many more moments that made up this season, beyond what happened on the pitch. Sammy Sounder made his much anticipated return as the club’s mascot. There are flame throwers, because of course there are flame throwers. The sky is pink, presumably a nod to the Nightfall kits this season. Macklemore, Ciara, and Russell Wilson are holding a “Family” sign after becoming minority owners. The “Thank You Joe” sign is thanking Joe Roth for 10 years of club ownership. And there’s the 10 years club logo that they rolled out for this season. Zulily is advertising in the stadium after becoming the new kit sponsor for this season. The USWNT got their 4th star this summer after winning the World Cup. There’s a pride flag and a “11 seasons 11 postseasons” sign. The upper left corner has the fun graphic from after the Sounders won the Cascadia Cup, turning a tree (a Portland Timber) into an L. Of course, the winless Gold Elevator makes an appearance. And last but not least, there’s a nod to the Iron Front saga with the “Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist, Always Seattle” sign.
Whew. Okay. I think that’s everything. Did I miss something?