By looking at a map of arenas and the placement of teams in a particular sport one can pretty much determine the popularity of that sport in a region of the United States. The Northeast has hockey, the south has NASCAR, and the Northwest has a found soccer.
The popularity of soccer in the Northwest rivals sports like baseball and in some places like Seattle, soccer is just as, if not more popular than their Major League Baseball team the Seattle Mariners. This weekend fans packed CenturyLink Field to watch the Seattle Sounders face off against the San Jose Earthquakes.
With 49,746 fans in attendance the Seattle Sounders had great support from its fans as they played against the San Jose Earthquakes. Obafemi Martins of Seattle scored a goal in the first 7 minutes of the game. It was a tough shot and Martin kicked the ball across the net into the opposite corner of the goal.
The Sounders defeated the Earthquakes 1-0 lifting the Sounders record to 8-3-1 with 25 points. Seattle’s next match will be against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 24. All of the Sounders games can be watched on Root Sports Northwest.