Hanging Out With Drew Carey

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Drew Carey, part owner of the Seattle Sounders, rocks out with the fans as he listens to the Sounders' band at Occidental Park in Seattle. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

I had a fun assignment recently for the Los Angeles Times, hanging out with one of the Seattle Sounders’ owners, actor/comedian/game-show host Drew Carey. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Carey was a great guy and very down-to-earth. I anticipated a real high-energy Chris Farley-like personality, but he was nothing like that. He was very humble. If you passed him on the street you likely wouldn’t recognize him–especially without his trademark black, horn-rimmed glasses.

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Drew Carey and his girlfriend watch the Sounders' band at Occidental Park prior to the start of the game. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

I met Carey, his girlfriend and LA Times columnist Kurt Streeter at a bar in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. We hung out at a few watering-holes with soccer fans before heading to Occidental Park to join fans that were congregating where the Sounders’ band was playing.

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Drew Carey marches with the fans from Occidental Park to Qwest Field prior to the start of the Sounders' match with the San Jose Earthquakes. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

We then marched down to Qwest Field to watch the Sounders’ match against the San Jose Earthquakes. The four of us then watched the game from Carey’s private box.

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Drew Carey (left), celebrates with his girlfriend as the Sounders' score their first goal of the match with the San Jose Earthquakes. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

When I first heard he was an owner I thought it might be just a way of getting a celebrity name in the owners group. But that was clearly not the case.  He is passionate about soccer and travels to most of the games, both home and away. He also very knowledgeable of the players and their careers. For example, he even knew the minute that goalie Kasey Keller would set a record for consecutive shutout minutes for a goalie. The Sounders went on to win 2-0. It was good night all-around. -Scott Eklund

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Drew Carey (center), rocks out with the fans as he listens to the Sounders' band at Occidental Park in Seattle. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

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