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covid-19 information

Sounders Family,

With each day bringing new developments related to COVID-19, the uncertainty locally and worldwide has been understandably difficult. As an organization, nothing is more important than public safety and the wellbeing of our fans, and we are so thankful to all the frontline workers who are stepping up to keep us safe. 

As things continue to develop surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are working to keep fans as up-to-date as possible. On March 19, Major League Soccer announced a postponement to the 2020 season to adhere to the updated CDC guidelines, with a target return date of May 10. 

As of April 17, MLS has announced that it continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it will affect the 2020 season. Although the hope had been to resume play in mid-May, the new target date is June 8, based upon the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. As Commissioner Garber recently relayed to national media, the goal remains to play as many games as possible. As we learn more every day from the medical experts, we expect to have additional details soon regarding when we can return to play. 

The league and our club will communicate detailed plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events as soon as possible. 

We want to thank our fans for their continued support.

MLS Press Release 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ESTABLISHES RELIEF FUND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Seattle Sounders FC has launched a targeted effort in the fight against COVID-19 by establishing the Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund, aimed primarily at supporting individuals, non-profits and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis. These districts include SoDo, Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District.

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POSTPONED HOME MATCHES

What you need to know if:

 I’m a Sounders FC Season Member.

Your existing Season tickets will grant you admission to the rescheduled contests. You will be able to manage tickets via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled dates for the events are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I’m a Sounders FC Passport holder.

You will still be assigned a ticket 72 hours prior to the rescheduled contests at which time your tickets will become manageable via SeatGeek Account Manager. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I’m an 11-Match Pack holder.

Your existing tickets to our matches vs. FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact and Real Salt Lake will grant you admission to the rescheduled contests. Ticket holders will be able to manage tickets via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled dates for the events are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I’m a 7-Match Pack Holder.

Your existing tickets to the Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps and Sounders FC vs. DC United matches will grant you admission to the rescheduled contests. Ticket holders will be able to manage tickets via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled dates for the events are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I have a ticket to Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United, Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact or Real Salt Lake.

Your existing ticket(s) will grant you admission to the rescheduled contest(s) and will become manageable via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled date(s) for the event(s) is/are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I transferred or sold my tickets for Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United, Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact or Real Salt Lake.

Existing transferred and purchased tickets to any of the rescheduled matches will grant ticket holders admission to the rescheduled contests. Ticket holders will be able to manage tickets via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled dates for the events are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 I purchased a resold ticket to Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United, Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact or Real Salt Lake.

Existing purchased tickets to any of the rescheduled matches will grant ticket holders admission to the rescheduled contests. Ticket holders will be able to manage tickets via SeatGeek Account Manager when the rescheduled dates for the event are announced. You do not need to take any action. We will let you know as soon as new dates and times are determined.

 

SOUNDERS FC ISSUES PUBLIC INFORMATION ON FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 SURROUNDING CLUB

On March 15, Seattle Sounders FC announced that the club has learned of its first confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A member of the organization’s support staff has been confirmed to have COVID-19, and that individual is currently in an appropriate isolation protocol. No other cases within Sounders FC have been identified.

 How many cases of COVID-19 are affecting the club?
  • One case has been confirmed. A member of the organization’s support staff has been confirmed to have COVID-19, and that individual is currently in an appropriate isolation protocol.
  • No other cases within Sounders FC have been identified.
 Is there additional public risk to fans that attended the March 7 match?
  • No. There is no active risk to the community for fans that attended the March 7 match.
  • This has been confirmed by medical authorities that have specifically studied the case of the individual in question.
 How can you be certain there is no additional public risk?
  • While the affected member of Sounders FC’s support staff did work the club’s March 7 match versus Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field, this individual did not have access to the general public.
  • Based upon current guidance from club medical staff, infectious disease specialists and public health authorities, this case does not present a risk to the public, the visiting team, or Sounders FC.
  • Sounders FC has been in consultation with numerous health authorities on this matter, including Public Health – Seattle & King County, Major League Soccer’s medical staff and the club’s own medical experts. As a result of this process, the club has been advised that additional precautions are not required at this time.
 Are players, coaches and other Sounders FC staff at risk because of this incident?
  • No. The individual was not present for Sounders FC operations or soccer activities at any time between the match and the positive test, and the club has been advised that additional precautions are not required at this time.
  • Sounders FC has been in consultation with numerous health authorities on this matter, including Public Health – Seattle & King County, Major League Soccer’s medical staff and the club’s own medical experts.
 Do Sounders FC personnel need to enter isolation protocol because of this incident?
  • Because the affected individual was not present for Sounders FC operations or soccer activities at any time between the match and the positive test, the club has been advised that additional precautions are not required at this time.
  • This information has been determined by multiple authorities on the matter, including club medical staff, Major League Soccer’s Chief Medical Officer, infectious disease specialists and public health authorities.
  • Like the general public, all Sounders FC personnel are practicing the recommended social distancing guidelines that have been implemented by our regional government and public health authorities.
 Are you able to confirm the identity of the support staff member that tested positive?
  • Due to medical privacy laws, this is not public information, but we can relay that the individual in question is recovering in isolation protocol and is in good spirits.
 What safeguards is the club putting in place moving forward?
  • In accordance with the league’s suspension of the 2020 season for 30 days due to developments surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis, Sounders FC is maintaining Major League Soccer’s suspension of full-team training sessions at Starfire Sports Complex through Friday, March 20.
  • This cessation is inclusive of all First Team trainings, in addition to any USL or Academy events.
  • Last Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a stoppage in major public events throughout Puget Sound, including Seattle’s March 21 home match versus FC Dallas. The club remains in support of these measures regarding public health and safety.
  • Sounders FC remains part of both a regional task force and Major League Soccer’s task force to monitor this developing situation. The former includes Governor Inslee’s office, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office and the City of Seattle, in addition to many others. We are in constant communication with these constituents, and as matters evolve and more information becomes available, we will continue to provide relevant details to the public.

 

SOUNDERS FC'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH PROCESS

Sounders FC remains part of both a regional task force and Major League Soccer’s task force to monitor this developing situation. The former includes Governor Inslee’s office, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office and the City of Seattle, in addition to many others. We are in constant communication with these constituents, and as matters evolve and more information becomes available, we will continue to provide relevant details to the public.

 Public health recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19?

• Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.

• Avoid medical settings in general unless necessary. Healthcare facilities are at capacity. If you are ill in any way call your doctor’s office first before going in.

• Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.

• Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.

• Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

• Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.

• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.

• Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong

 Where can I learn more about the coronavirus?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has information available about the latest on the coronavirus. Locally, stay updated from Public Health – Seattle & King County.


Questions?
Call 877-657-4625 or email CustomerService@SoundersFC.com