MLS 101: Qwest Field

Sounders FC home lies in the heart of enemy territory

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On July 28, 2002, the world’s game helped open Qwest Field as the Seattle Sounders, then of the USL First Division, played host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the stadium’s inaugural event. Now a member of MLS, Seattle Sounders FC joins the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in calling Qwest Field home. Designed with a 67,000-seat capacity, Qwest Field has hosted several major soccer exhibitions and tournaments in recent years, including English powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea, Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona, and CONCACAF Gold Cup games, as well as CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup matches. Located in downtown Seattle, Qwest Field is just blocks from Puget Sound and provides a scenic view of the city’s skyline.