I signed my guys up for the Seattle Sounders’ Junior Alliance club back when they did the Sounders Camp and kind of forgot about it until a couple of boxes showed up at our door. Inside each box was a scarf, a membership card and a ‘letter’ from Sigi Schmid, the Seattle Sounders’ head coach printed on the back of a poster. I read the letter to the guys and they listened very intently and then scurried off to put their special cards in secret places. I tried to explain that the letter wasn’t totally from Sigi himself, and that everyone who signed up for the program got the same one but they didn’t believe me. I wish Sigi would also instruct them on how to brush their teeth, put away their dishes and go to bed promptly when told. (That would definitely be a value-added Sounders Alliance program.) The guys barely put down their scarves the first game after the boxes came.
My guys. Definitely Sounders for life.
(PS. Driving home from a game recently, we heard Coach Sigi in an interview and he said something like “a life without challenge isn’t worth living” which is really brave and inspirational. I love this little snippet of his outlook on life and I’m so proud he’s a coach my guys can look up to!)