From Columbia, With Love

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 5, 2010

SEATTLE (BASN) — Passion, community, courage and excellence are the core ingredients to the success of the Seattle Sounders Football Club of the MLS.

Winning the U.S. Open Cup in their inaugural season last year was not a fluke and the chances of them repeating again look extremely good.

It isn’t a secret that some of the best fans in the league can be found at Qwest Field in blue and green or waving the team scarf.

“It’s amazing to be playing for this organization and the fans that come out to support us are great,” stated Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

At press time, the Seattle Sounders FC have nearly sold out on all of their home games for the upcoming season.

There are less than 1,000 tickets available and there going fast.

Last season, they sold more season tickets than any other MLS club in the league’s 13- year existence.

“It’s difficult to describe the emotion that I feel when we take the field for warm ups and drills before the game and there are thousands of people already in the stands cheering every move that we make.”

“Playing in the United States is a dream come true for me, I’ve made many friends here,” said Jhon.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado comes to the Seattle Sounders FC from Columbia with love.

He’s a solid 6-feet, 180-pound defender that will pick you up at midfield and follow you with the intensity of a swarm of bee’s and thoughts that you made have had of an easy score will quickly fade away.

There was a brief adjustment period for Jhon when came to America.

His wife (who is a great cook) and son made the trip with him so family life if is great, he had to adept to soccer.

“It’s a big difference playing here.

The game is faster, intensity is higher and it takes a different mentality to be successful here,” Jhon added.

I take great pride in playing defense and work hard each day at becoming better.

This is my second year with the team and I’m proud to wear this uniform and play with the group of guys that we have here.”.

Jhon started playing soccer when he was four years and the mentoring that he received from his older brother was a great influence on him. Jhon realized that I could take my game to the next level after the success that I had experienced at the University.

“We’ve gone into training camp with the mindset of building upon the success from last season,” Jhon added. ” We need to communicate better on the field and each of us need to work on the pieces of our game that needs improvement in order to be where we want to be at the end of the season.”

The Seattle Sounders FC is a very balanced team that can match up with any club in the league.

They’ve started a tradition of winning and the expectations for the upcoming season will reflect the hard work and dedication that they have for the game.