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Sounders FC celebrate their environmental commitment at Sunday’s ‘Protect Our Planet’ game


This Sunday, May 29, as Sounders FC take on expansion team Charlotte FC in a nationally televised game on FS1 (6:30 PM/Sirius XM, 93.3 KJR FM, El Rey 1360 AM) , the Rave Greens celebrate their commitment to Protect our planet, one of the four pillars of the club’s social justice framework, with a variety of pre-match activities for fans themed around environmental responsibility and justice. Fans are encouraged to plan for possible extended travel times, with a busy day in SoDo that includes OL Reign at Lumen Field at 12:00 a.m. PT and the Mariners at T-Mobile Park at 1:10 p.m. PT.

Additionally, as announced yesterday, the club is also using Sunday’s game to raise awareness for the upcoming National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Orange Weekend, which runs from June 3-5. More information about these plans and the collective commitment of Seattle sports teams to use their platforms to advance positive change and work to end gun violence can be found here.

As an organization, Sounders FC is dedicated to environmental causes. In 2019, the club became the first carbon-neutral professional football team in North America and the first carbon-neutral professional sports team in the United States, with an ongoing commitment to reduce carbon footprint where possible and to measure and offset the remaining emissions. The Rave Green also continuously collaborates with community partners to educate young people most impacted by environmental injustice and empower them to improve community health outcomes.

During Sunday’s match, one of the most notable features celebrating the environment is the kits that fans will see players wearing. This weekend, all MLS clubs are wearing adidas Primeblue jerseys, part of an ongoing partnership between MLS and adidas to raise awareness and inspire action around the impact of marine plastic litter. The uniforms are made from plastics intercepted from beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, preventing them from polluting the ocean. Once collected, the original plastic source is reworked into engineered fibers which can then be repurposed for use in clothing or footwear. The high performance yarn contains over 50% Parley Ocean Plastic™ on each jersey.

Unique Primeblue kits are available for purchase on MLSstore.com and through the Sounders FC Pro store at Lumen Field. A matching scarf is also available at the pro shop this Sunday while supplies last.

Sounders FC encourages fans to use other means of transport when attending games, including public transport and bicycles. For those arriving by bicycle, the team – in conjunction with Cascade Bicycle Club – offers a free bike valet program which begins on Sunday and continues throughout the summer during certain matches. Bicycles can be parked with the valet located on Occidental Avenue near the north stadium parking lot from two hours before kick-off and must be claimed no later than one hour after the final whistle.

Once inside the stadium, fans can explore the intersection of environmental justice and anti-racism through a mobile pop-up exhibit, courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The exhibit — available to view in the Northwest Lobby — unravels the story of redlining and its ongoing confluence of interconnected factors that have plagued people of color and the story of the response that has shaped Seattle. It also explores the powerful environmental justice work being done in BIPOC communities, highlighting the need for collaborative systemic transformation.

Also located in the Northwest Concourse, Sounders FC community partners Forterra, EarthGen, and the Washington State Department of Ecology are all expected to have an on-site presence to interact with and educate fans on the important environmental work of each organization.

In the West Hall, game-goers are also invited to join former Sounders Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans for a live recording from the pair’s “Side x Side with Zak & Brad” podcast. Zakuani and Evans will answer questions from the audience and provide a preview of the upcoming game.

Plus, former Sounder and United States Men’s National Team legend Clint Dempsey is honored on Sunday, with the club due to recognize the former Rave Green striker ahead of the match for his recent induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

As an extension of Rave Green’s AANHPI Heritage Month celebrations, the club is also encouraging fans to visit a special pop-up location on game day to Phnom Penh Noodle Houselocated in the PNW Marketplace Concessions area outside of Section 113 on the East Concourse.

Sounders FC and Intentionalist have teamed up to share the story behind a BIPOC or minority-owned business each month, as part of a collaboration on the release of the team’s 2022 schedule.

Owned by three sisters – Dawn Ung, Diane Le and Darlene Ung – Phnom Penh Noodle House has a strong community and a solid following for its tasty Cambodian cuisine. Fans can find out more about this International District treasure here, and can also support the restaurant by ordering take-out or in-restaurant from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT (closed Wednesdays). Gift certificates are also available through Intentionalist.

Match attendees are also reminded that any purchase from Phnom Penh Noodle House is eligible for the previously announced prize. Reception and reception program with intentionalist. During the month of May, people visiting AANHPI-owned small businesses and restaurants can upload their receipts to Intentionalist.com to enter and win prizes from Sounders FC and other Seattle sports teams.

Highlighted food trucks in the North Plaza, in partnership with Intentionalist, support local small businesses owned by diverse people and this Sunday include Seoul Bowl – preparing healthy, fresh, colorful and delicious Korean barbecue bowls – and Bai Tong on Wheels – offering an authentic comforting thai food.

Just before kick-off, Sounders FC “Scarves! moment is led by Meredith Lohr, Executive Director of EarthGen. Co-founded by Lohr in 2011, EarthGen equips Washington State youth, teachers and schools to take action for a healthy climate. With support from EarthGen, thousands of young people from diverse communities across the state are learning to protect the planet, starting in their own schools and neighborhoods. Sounders FC and EarthGen are proud to have partnered since 2012, including collaborating on 15 community-focused environmental projects in schools so far.

For more information regarding any of the activities mentioned here, please contact a member of Sounders FC Communications. To learn more about Sounders FC game days, health and safety and how to prepare to attend a game, visit SoundersFC.com/Matchday/Know-Before-You-Go.