The best bands and musicians from Sounders FC players' hometowns

September 20, 2016

Photo by Charis Wilson | Courtesy of Sounders FC Communications

It's not a secret that we are big Sounders nerds here at The End, so when we get the chance to combine our love of music with our love of Seattle soccer, we get pretty stoked.

Through the power of the internet, and a little bit of random knowledge, here are the best bands from Sounders Players' hometowns! 

It was rough finding some decent music for some of these guys (notice the list is short) but here's what we came up with:

Player: Jordan Morris - Forward
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Band: Naked Giants

It's fitting that the Sounders' leading goal-scorer in 2016 who is making a case for Rookie Of The Year is a young guy with roots in Mercer Island. Seattle band Naked Giants also happens to be a few young dudes with ties to Mercer Island who happen to be making a name for themselves this year as well. 

Player: Clint Dempsey - Forward
Hometown: Nacogdoches, TX
Band: Clint Dempsey - Rapper

Not a lot of people call Nacogdoches home. The 2010 census put the population of Dempsey's hometown at 32,996 (the only person on this list from a place with fewer people is Zach Scott. His hometown of Haiku is too small to be measured in the census on its own). I'm not saying Clint Dempsey is the best musician from Nacogdoches. I am saying Clint Dempsey is the only musician from Nacogdoches.. We are waiting to hear if he can act before we call him a triple-threat, but our hopes are high.

Player: Brad Evans - Midfieldefender (we're still figuring this out)
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Band: Meat Puppets

To be honest, I thought there would be a lot more notable music out of Phoenix. The biggest name to make the list was the Meat Puppets, and if Nirvana was a big fan of these guys, we can be, too. Brad Evans shares a hometown with the band who most notably played with Nirvana during the latter band's infamous MTV Unplugged where Kurt sang the Meat Puppets' song "Lake Of Fire." 

Player: Erik Friberg - Midfielder
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Band: The Knife

When you start to get into bands from Scandinavian countries, you are pretty much limited to electronic music, death metal or some weird combination of the two. Midfielder Erik Friberg is from the second largest city in Sweden, the same town that electronic duo, The Knife, hails from. This Swedish pair are probably best known for their single, "Heartbeats," which was a pretty solid track for 2009 snowboard videos.

 

Player: Aaron Kovar - Forward
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Band: Nirvana

Now we can get to the true Seattle bands. Aaron Kovar is a Garfield High School alum who, besides his time in college at Stanford, has been in Seattle his entire career. We can debate all day and night about the best band from Seattle, but this weekend is the 25th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, so this one is a no-brainer. 

Player: Chad Marshall - Defender
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Band: Alien Ant Farm

There aren't a lot of bands from Riverside. Alien Ant Farm, however, is from Riverside. For a defender known to be one of the best (if not the best in the league), it feels like an injustice to give Chad Marshall the band most known for their cover of a "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson, but it was a good cover of a good song, so it'll slide. Plus, it was either this or some band called Suicide Silence, so....

Player: Mr. Sounder (Zach Scott) - Defender
Hometown: Haiku, HI
Band: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Haiku, Hawaii is so small that it has to be counted with another tiny town to be considered in the US Census. Needless to say, there aren't any bands (that I could find) that could make the list. In fact, most of Hawaii is pretty barren when it comes to music that would usually fall under the The End's umbrella. That being said, we'll give this one to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole because I really don't want to give it to Jack Johnson. Plus, Honolulu is technically closer to Haiku than Oahu (Johnson's birthplace). 

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