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Before last night’s nationally-televised game against D.C. United, the Seattle Storm was honored by the city’s newest franchise. The expansion Seattle Sounders FC of the MLS welcomed the Storm to last night’s game and presented guard Sue Bird and forward Swin Cash with the “Golden Scarf” honor awarded before each game at Qwest Field.
With the entire team, coaching staff and ownership looking on from the pitch, Owner & General Manager Adrian Hanauer and Vulcan Sports & Entertainment CEO Tod Leiweke presented Bird and Cash with the ceremonial scarves.
“I was basically tricked into it by Sue telling me it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal, and then we get out there and I’m getting a Golden Scarf around my neck,” Cash said after the Storm’s practice on Thursday. “It was cool. We got an opportunity to meet one of the owners and the CEO and they were very, very nice. It was just great to go there and see all of those fans. I was screaming, ‘Come to the Storm game!’ because I think there was like 29,000 people. That’s phenomenal for them. It was a nice time.”
Cash isn’t a soccer player, but did compete against Bird – who played throughout her childhood – in college.
“She used to cheat at Connecticut and tell people, ‘I’m OK. I’m not that good,’” recalled Cash.’” Then when we’d do cardio and start playing, she’d be flying around everywhere with her feet going crazy. No, I’m not that good. I can admit it, and I’m OK with that.”
Afterward, Bird chatted with SoundersFC.com’s Tony Ventrella about the experience and her soccer days.
The scarves are presented as the Storm looks on. Aaron Last/Storm Photos
Hanauer prepares to present Cash her scarf. Aaron Last/Storm Photos
Doppler gets in on the soccer fun. Aaron Last/Storm Photos