Enforcement of D2 standards accelerates Sounders FC 2 move to Tacoma

The Seattle Sounders confirmed they will move their USL second team from Tukwila, where Sounders FC 2 has played for three seasons, to Tacoma in 2018.

Photo: courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC

The Sounders and Tacoma Rainiers had previously announced the move to Tacoma, but it is accelerating the timetable to conform to U.S. Soccer's Division 2 requirements that USL teams play in a 5,000-seat stadium.

S2 will play at Cheney Stadium, the Rainiers' 6,500-seat baseball stadium, while work on a 5,000-seat facility the Sounders and Rainiers agreed to build next to it continues.

Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, where the Sounders train and play Open Cup games, seats only 4,500 fans.

1 comment about "Enforcement of D2 standards accelerates Sounders FC 2 move to Tacoma".
  1. Paul Cox, November 2, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.

    Starfire doesn't seat anywhere near 4500. That's more like the capacity with every seat full and at least 1000 people standing in SRO areas.

    This should be a great move for the Club. The new arrangement- maybe not this year but soon- is expected to be more like what Houston has had with the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, where the business ownership group handles all the business end, and the Sounders provide the technical staff and players.

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