Sounders FC kicks of the 2014 season Saturday at CenturyLink Field vs. defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC.
While the team boasts one of the most devoted and knowledgeable fan bases in all of sports, soccer can still be a bit of a mystery for the casual fan or those new to spectacle that is Sounders FC.
For those who want to get in the know, MyNorthwest.com has put together a primer to help get you up to speed so you can give it your full 90.
You can listen to all of the Sounders FC games on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.
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Since Seattle and Portland squared off in a North American Soccer League match in 1975, soccer fans and their teams have been locked in one of the bitterest rivalries in all of sports. Fans from both cities flat out hate each other, constantly trying to one up the other with their chants and lavish displays known as the tifo. Over 67,000 fans packed CenturyLink Field last summer to see the Sounders blank the Timbers 1-0. Portland got the last laugh, though, knocking Seattle out of the MLS playoffs in a two-game aggregate in November.
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