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.
13 of 13
We Are ECS
A number of fan groups have formed to show their support for Sounders FC, but the largest is the Emerald City Supporters.
The group boasts over 3700 members of crazed backers who dominate the south or Brougham End of CenturyLink Field during games.
ECS has made a name for itself around the league for its passion and creativity, most notably it's massive "tifos" like the 37,000 square foot "Build a Bonfire" they unveiled last year versus Portland.
Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP
13 of 13
More By the Numbers
Tom's top 12 picks for Seattle International Film Festival 2015
KIRO Radio movie critic Tom Tangney reveals his top 12 picks for Seattle International Film Festival 2015.
10 of the most frustrating offenses committed by Seattle drivers
You try to keep your emotions under wraps when you're behind the wheel. But sometimes it's difficult. When you see Seattle drivers committing one of these offenses, it's hard, but try to keep that frustration from bubbling up inside you.
10 Mariners uniforms ranked from classic to what were they thinking
The Seattle Mariners have their wardrobe staples, and their throwbacks, but sometimes they put on a uniform and we think, "what were they thinking?!"
Seattle's 7 strangest competitive sports
Seattle loves its Seahawks. The city still carries a torch for the Sonics, and people go crazy for the Sounders. But football, basketball, soccer ... all of those sports are so ordinary.
10 of our favorite Seattle Mariners commericals
We take a look back at some of our favorite ads starring the M's. From Jay Buhner's blinding bald head to Felix Hernandez's hot sauce and Ken Griffey Jr.'s clones, we ranked some of our favorites.
10 upcoming concerts worth catching this spring
As spring approaches, so do some big concert headliners coming to the Seattle-area. From 80's heartthrobs to today's chart toppers, here are 10 concerts you won't want to miss.
10 can't miss Mariners nights at Safeco Field
Take me out to the ballgame! With baseball just around the corner, your calendar with these 10 can't miss Mariners' games at Safeco Field.
Ed Murray's 6 strangest moments from his first year as Seattle mayor
While Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has made efforts to improve city safety or push for a $15 minimum wage, it's his other, odd decisions during his first year in office that stand out.
Tom Tangney's Oscar predictions & who he thinks should win
Recently, the Academy Awards have become more like coronations than competitions. So many award shows have already taken place by the time the Oscars come around, that the winners are mostly foregone conclusions. But not this year! There are legitimate toss-ups in three of the biggest categories - Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.
11 new Seattle Mariners to watch for during Spring Training
Pitchers and catchers reported to Peoria, Arizona Friday. Position players report on Tuesday. Here's a look at the newest faces to grace the Seattle Mariners 40-man roster.