Soccer is the world’s game, and there is room for everyone.
As June is dedicated to promote Major League Soccer’s Soccer For All month, the Seattle Sounders are involved in numerous community activations and platforms that promote inclusivity and equality in sport.
Soccer For All, which is part of MLS WORKS, showcases the collective efforts taking place throughout the league in the month of June to foster more inclusive communities and drive positive social change.
Clubs across the league will take part in supporting this initiative, and the Sounders are no exception. Beginning with Special Olympics Signing Day last week, the Sounders have a slew of activations over the next month.
The newly signed Sounders will face a Special Olympics squad from Oregon ahead of the Sounders-Timbers match at CenturyLink Field on June 30 and again on August 26 in Portland.
This Saturday, players from the Sounders and Real Salt Lake will wear Soccer For All shirts during the procession ahead of the match at Rio Tinto Stadium (6:30 p.m. PT; JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). These shirts are available for purchase in club-specific colors and black & white at MLSstore.com and at select in-stadium retailers. Proceeds will benefit MLS WORKS and local club charitable partners.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in a couple weeks in Russia, the Sounders will highlight players competing on the sport’s biggest stage. Gustav Svensson (Sweden) and Román Torres (Panama) are official for Russia, while Nicolás Lodeiro has a chance to join Uruguay’s World Cup side for the third time in his career. As a result, there will be a “Sounders in Russia” theme for the June 9 match against D.C. United at CenturyLink Field.
On June 23, the Sounders will hold their fourth annual Pride Match at CenturyLink Field when the Rave Green host the Chicago Fire. A pride ticket offer is available for fans to receive a pride fanny pack* and a pride shirt giveaway as fans will be encouraged to create Sounders FC first “human rainbow” in the Xbox Green Zone. $5 from the pride offer will benefit the GSBA Scholarship Fund.
Once again, the Sounders will host a Pride Match at CenturyLink Field. | Photo by Jane Gershovich
The following day, Sounders FC players, coaches, friends and families will march in the Seattle Pride Parade through downtown Seattle.
In addition to the Special Olympics Unified Exchange match on June 30, the opening ceremonies ahead of kickoff will feature a leg of the Law Enforcement Torchlight Run and the Flame of Hope, celebrating the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games with up to 72 Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from throughout the nation.
The following week, the city of Seattle will host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, and the Sounders have five ambassadors: Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris, Kasey Keller, Roger Levesque and Taylor Graham.
For an opportunity to cheer on these athletes and be a fan in the stands with our ambassadors, visit this site.