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asoc
03-27-2008, 01:43 AM
First, I ask that you take the time and read these two articles. Second, I ask that you help keep the tradition and history alive and vote the "write in" option and write in "Seattle Sounders" at http://www.mlsinseattle.com

Keeping our Tradition (http://soccerseattlestyle.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=1)
Identity Crisis in Seattle (http://soccerseattlestyle.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=29)

For information on the history of the Seattle Sounders you can follow this link http://goalseattle.com/SoccerMuseum.htm

Now for my own ramblings.

Last year MLS announced that Seattle will be the site of a new franchise. But this isn't your traditional expansion team in MLS.

For anyone who follows soccer leagues around the world that use a promotion and relegation system, this is closest thing you could see to a "promotion" to the top league in the US.

The current owner is now the GM and part owner of the MLS team. The coach will most likely be the same, most of the staff is moving, and they have come to agreement that the MLS team has first shot to sign any player on this years Seattle Sounders.

Essentially, they are adding to the ownership department with a few new owners with deep pockets (Joe Roth, Paul Allen, Drew Carey). They will be bringing in new players on par with MLS, but will keep a core group of the current players to help keep some of the team's chemistry and culture.

The Seattle MLS team is set up to be a great franchise and team, new enthusiastic owners bringing much needed resources and experience to an organization that is already very strong in other areas.

Now, MLS, while it has had its growing pains is growing steadily. The current MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, has done some good things for the league, however he has not done Seattle any favors in the naming of their "new" team.

The owners had submitted two names to MLS HQ for approval, one of which was Seattle Sounders. Both were shot down.

Fans are upset and have voiced their disapproval of the decision.

Now, they have decided to put the name to a vote. There are four options in this vote.
Seattle FC
Seattle Alliance
Seattle Republic
and a Write in option for "fans who are passionate about another name."

Seattle MLS ownership has stated the results from the write in option will be legitimate and the winner will be the new name for the team. If Seattle Sounders was to win the vote it would be legitimate and the owners would accept this decision.

Gonzaga has sent soccer players to play professionally. Most notably is Brian Ching who plays on the US Mens National Team and for the Houston Dynamo, defending MLS CUP Champions two years running now.

Brian Ching played for the Seattle Sounders before being picked up by MLS.

And recent Gonzaga players George Josten and Austin Washington were selected in the most recent MLS Draft.
http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/011808aaa.html

Seattle MLS is still the Sounders no matter what name is chosen, however I ask that all of you head to http://www.mlsinseattle.com and vote "write in" and write in "Seattle Sounders"

Lets not throw away the traditions and history of the Seattle Sounders.

http://saveoursounders.com/

xjzico
04-03-2008, 10:28 AM
Rumor has it First & Goal, Paul Allen's group, has registered seattlesoundersfc.net, soundersfc.net and soundersfc.com. Hopefully this is a precursor for good things to come.

Whatever the teams name, I am going to call them Sounders anyway- or at least wear my Sounders scarf to the games.

And what about watchin' this guy?
http://static.flickr.com/63/170536504_6f116e3293.jpg

kdoggy
04-03-2008, 01:09 PM
I might have to get some season tix. Wanna go halfsies, xman?

I am firmly behind the Sounders name.

At this point of his career, Becks is not even a top 100 player. Henry is still one of the best on the planet. It would be a treat to have him in Seattle.

Angelo Roncalli
04-07-2008, 03:16 PM
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/soccer/2004332861_websoccer07.html

MedZag
04-07-2008, 09:02 PM
8,000 write-ins for the same name. Now that is cool.