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.
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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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