NW Briefs | List narrows for Seattle Major League Soccer team names
The Seattle Major League Soccer franchise is soon to get a name. It won't be the Sounders. Fans will instead get to choose one of three...
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seattle Major League Soccer franchise is soon to get a name. It won't be the Sounders.
Fans will instead get to choose one of three name options: Seattle FC, Seattle Republic or Seattle Alliance. The choices -- which are to be officially announced Tuesday -- were determined through fan focus groups, internal committees and fan suggestions.
"I have great respect for the Sounders and the club's history," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released by the club, which starts play in March 2009. "While we should celebrate the past, we believe the MLS Seattle team should be about where we are headed tomorrow and help position the club globally."
The Sounders are the United Soccer Leagues First Division team from Seattle.
"We just felt like it was a new time, new league," said co-owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer, who is also a current Sounders owner.
The future of the Sounders' name and franchise is undefined.
Fans can vote on the names starting midnight Thursday, through the evening of March 31, at mlsinseattle.com. The name will be revealed at 11 a.m. April 7, on the team's Web site.
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