â€śItâ€™s not just a team youâ€™re bringing in from England, youâ€™re bringing in one of the elite teams in the world,â€ť said Wright of the July 18 friendly.
When Chelsea came to town and played before a full house in 2004, the team practiced at the former Seahawks facility in Kirkland.
â€śEverything was done first-class, so they felt good about coming to Seattle the last time,â€ť said Wright, a former Seahawks executive. â€śSo they had that in the back of their mind.â€ť
Enter Sounders majority owner Joe Roth, a Hollywood movie executive.
â€śJoe Roth and Peter Kenyon (Chelseaâ€™s chief executive) have become good friends,â€ť Wright told the News Tribune. â€śThis (appearance) is for Joe Roth as much as anything.â€ť
â€śOur goal is to make Seattle the soccer capital of the United States,â€ť Wright said. â€śThereâ€™s no reason why Seattle shouldnâ€™t be considered that; we have a real opportunity to do that.â€ť