U.S. national team takes in Sounders game before taking on Panama
Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans of the Sounders were spectators for a change at the Sounders game while serving with the national team.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Sounders FC had some high-profile guests at Saturday’s home game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The U.S. men’s national team, following Friday’s 2-1 road win over Jamaica in FIFA World Cup qualifying, was in attendance, arriving in Seattle about five hours before kickoff.
The U.S. will host Panama in a qualifier Tuesday at CenturyLink Field. About 36,000 tickets have been sold, according to a federation spokesman, and some are still available.
Two of the U.S. players were in an unfamiliar spot as spectators. Brad Evans, who scored a dramatic winner Friday, and Eddie Johnson both had to watch their Seattle teammates while serving with the national team.
Among the American internationals watching in the press box were Jermaine Jones (who left Friday’s game with a concussion), Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to reporters at halftime.
On the field, the Sounders started their 18th different lineup in 18 games in all competitions — MLS, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League. Unavailable for the hosts were midfielders Osvaldo Alonso (thigh strain), Mario Martinez (national-team duty with Honduras), Steve Zakuani (sports hernia) and Shalrie Joseph (suspension).
• Sounders FC doesn’t play again until June 22, a road game against Real Salt Lake.
• Saturday marked the 130th game involving Seattle and Vancouver soccer teams dating to 1974, and Seattle came in holding a 62-46-21 advantage.
• An honorary Golden Scarf was given to John Best, who has history with both the Sounders and Whitecaps in the old North American Soccer League.
• The Whitecaps entered the week winless in Cascadia Cup games against Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle and Portland at 0-6-5.
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