The Joe Roth Golden Scarf

In the club's inaugural 2009 MLS season, Sounders FC established a tradition that displays the intense passion of Seattle’s soccer community.

To honor that passion, the club recognizes individuals before select matches with the Golden Scarf. Sounders FC aims to honor members of the community who are either part of the soccer scene or have done remarkable things for it in Seattle.

In 2019, the Golden Scarf was renamed the Joe Roth Golden Scarf in honor of Sounders FC’s inaugural owner Joe Roth. Roth’s vision to bring MLS to Seattle and his indelible impact on Sounders FC represent the types of traits the Golden Scarf was created to recognize.

The club selects a member of the community that is presented with a special gold scarf, which has come to symbolize the game of soccer, which they raise over their heads, signaling to the fans to do the same. Because of the arrangement of the ceremony, the club also has the opportunity to honor a presenter as well.

Joe Roth Golden Scarf Recipients
Date
Opponent
Recipients
3/19/09
New York Red Bulls
Don Garber
3/28/08
Real Salt Lake
Jimmy Gabriel
4/11/09
Kansas City Wizards
Robbie Bach
4/24/09
San Jose Earthquakes
Jimmy McAlister
5/10/09
LA Galaxy
Meredith Teague
5/30/09
Columbus Crew
Jim Mora
6/13/09
San Jose Earthquakes
Fred Mendoza
6/17/09
D.C. United
Seattle Storm
6/29/09
Colorado Rapids
Lorenzo Romar
7/11/09
Houston Dynamo
Doug Andreassen
7/18/09
Chelsea FC
Dale Chihuly
7/25/09
Chicago Fire
Mike Ryan
8/5/09
FC Barcelona
Bill Russell
8/20/09
New England Revolution
John Nordstrom
8/29/09
Toronto FC
Michelle Akers
9/19/09
Chivas USA
Alan Hinton
10/24/09
FC Dallas
Alliance Council
10/29/09
Houston Dynamo
Chris Henderson
3/25/10
Philadelphia Union
Cliff McCrath
4/3/10
New York Red Bulls
Tim Muray
4/17/10
Kansas City Wizards
Marian Bowers
5/1/10
Columbus Crew
Susan Cole
5/8/10
LA Galaxy
Linda Velie
5/22/10
San Jose Earthquakes
Tim Busch
5/26/10
Boca Juniors
Pete Fewing
6/5/10
New England Revolution
Michelle French
6/10/10
D.C. United
Bruce Benson
7/11/10
FC Dallas
Roberto Alvarez
7/18/10
Celtic FC
J.R. Celski
7/26/10
Colorado Rapids
Teddy Mitalas
8/8/10
Houston Dynamo
Washington Special Olympics Soccer Team
8/28/10
Chicago Fire
Electron Boy
9/9/10
Real Salt Lake
Hans Stieirle
10/2/10
Toronto FC
Jennifer Westhagen
10/12/10
CD Guadalajara
Exequiel Solter
10/15/10
Chivas USA
Hope Solo
10/31/10
LA Galaxy
Chance Fry
3/15/11
LA Galaxy
Gerard Schwarz
5/14/11
Portland Timbers
Jeff Stock & Mark Peterson
6/11/11
Vancouver Whitecaps
Virginia Mason
7/20/11
Manchester United
Bryan Robson
10/15/11
San Jose Earthquakes
Kasey Keller
7/18/12
Chelsea
Roger Davies
10/7/12
Portland Timbers
Roger Levesque
10/21/12
FC Dallas
Justice Steven Gonzalez
5/18/13
FC Dallas
Pat Raney
6/8/13
Vancouver
John Best
9/13/13
Real Salt Lake
Brad Owen
10/27/13
LA Galaxy
Bob Robertson
10/10/14
Vancouver Whitecaps
Alan Hudson
6/20/15
San Jose Earthquakes
Jason Collins
8/30/15
Portland Timbers
Washington Youth Soccer
7/31/16
LA Galaxy
Steve Zakuani
8/21/16
Portland Timbers
Washington Youth Soccer
9/17/16
Vancouver Whitecaps
Austen Everett
10/15/17
FC Dallas
Dave Gillett
3/31/18
Montreal Impact
Thomas Webb
5/5/18
Columbus Crew SC
Mike McCready
6/23/18
Chicago Fire
Mary Harvey
7/29/18
New York City FC
Andrew Lofton
9/1/18
Sporting Kansas City
Clint Dempsey
3/2/19
FC Cincinnati
Sigi Schmid
6/29/19
Vancouver Whitecaps
Chad Marshall
7/2/19
Portland Timbers
Lesle Gallimore and Amy Griffin
9/15/19
New York Red Bulls
Joe Roth

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