It may be a long shot, but the Seattle Post Intelligencer's Matthew Gaschk reports that "Seattle Sounders" isn't dead yet as one of the possibilities for naming Major League Soccer's new expansion team. On Tuesday, the names Seattle FC, Seattle Alliance and Seattle Republic were announced as the options for the online ballot that will decide the team's name. And while "Sounders," a name belonging to the city's beloved USL club, wasn't on the list, a write-in option was included in the ballot. "We heard a lot of people say it was time for a new beginning, and we heard that from the league, too," Vulcan Sports and Entertainment President Tod Leiweke, said of the decision not to include Sounders on the ballot.
As Gaschk points out, Sounders is a name with considerable history in Seattle, becoming the city's first professional soccer franchise as part of the North American Soccer League from 1974 until 1983. The name was revived eleven years later as the Sounders became part of the A-League, which is now called the United Soccer Leagues First Division. According to a Seattle PI online poll, fans now want that name transferred to the new MLS club: an overwhelming majority of 76 percent chose Sounders over the other three options on the ballot.
Online voting begins Thursday and will continue through Monday on the MLS club's Web site, mlsinseattle.com. Fans are allowed one vote per email address. The winning name and possibly a logo will be revealed during a news conference on April 7.