A few weeks ago I sent out a request for old-school Sounders fans so that I could provide first person accounts within an article I was writing about the history of the club. One of the many responses I received was from Frank MacDonald, who grew up a Sounders fan and ended up working in the front office for the MLS incarnation of the club. Frank now works at Ruffneck Scarves as their Director of Communications. RuffNeck makes a variety of scarves for MLS and a number of clubs in European leagues, and I would be lying if I didn't pount out that my Sounders scarf of choice is Ruffneck's classic bar scarf.
Frank has nearly forty years exepreince in the game both locally and internationally, and he and I spent nearly an hour on the phone interviewing each other. He has a wealth of knowledge in both the history of the game in the area and how the MLS Sounders approached the Seattle fan base.
After 40 minutes of talking about the Sounders it was time for Frank to interview me. The questions he asked focused on my personal relationship with the game, why I focused on soccer analytics when getting into the game, and the role that analytics can play within the game going forward. It was a fun 15 minute conversation that culminated in this post at the Ruffneck Scarves blog. Head on over to the blog if you want to learn more about why I write about the world of soccer analytics and my view on its future, and while you're there see if one of their scarves strikes a fancy.