COVID-19: Sounders FC Statement on Governor Inslee Announcement March 11, 202010:59AM PDT
As the developments surrounding COVID-19 in our region evolve, Seattle Sounders FC has been working in real-time with regional health authorities and government officials to do our part in combating this public health crisis. Our organization must remain flexible in these efforts, and at this time, that includes heeding Governor Inslee’s call to postpone our home match on March 21 versus FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field.
Throughout this process, Sounders FC has stated that nothing is more important than public safety and the wellbeing of our fans. With that in mind, we respect the difficult decision that has been made today, and our club will continue following the guidelines set forth by our public health authorities and government agencies. We will maintain our consistent dialogue with elected leadership, public health officials, and Major League Soccer, and as more information becomes available, the club will continue to provide public updates. This includes details about rescheduling the FC Dallas match for a later date.
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer
Brain Schmetzer met with the media today. In this interview, he discussed the postponed match. And how the announcement that the governor made affects his team going forward. Lastly, the Houston matchup this weekend.
Garth Lagerway on Governor’s decision.
Garth Lagerway, the general manager and president of the Seattle Sounders, met with the media today. He discussed the Sounders’ decision. And also discussed how the situation is fluid. Also, Garth talked about precautions. As well as the reasoning behind the decision. And other plans going forward.
Stefan Frei thoughts
Stefan Frei talks to the media. In this discussion, they talk about this action. Also, how this team has to take the precautions necessary to keep everyone healthy. Also, how would he feel about suspended season and how they would handle that. And much more.
My thoughts on this manner
The Sounders are actively taking a stand to protect the public in the state of Washington. Which is what you want your club to do. It’s terrific that this club is so concerned about the health of the public. And that made the right decision to postpone the match. Like Jurgen Klopp says, this is something that’s bigger than football. Or something like that. Which is true. Somethings are bigger football. Football is just a game. A beautiful game. But it’s not worth playing if public health will be affected. So I applaud the Sounders for this choice. The Seattle area has been hard with Coronavirus cases. It seems like a sound response to a crisis. This will, in the end, help with not spreading the virus around.