They’re rivals during the Major League Soccer season, but supporters groups of the Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps have joined forces to oppose MLS efforts to claim ownership of the “Cascadia Cup” trademark.
Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army and Vancouver Southsiders issued a joint statement Thursday saying they have formed a Cascadia Cup Council that will seek trademark registration for the Northwest competition, which was created by the fans and predates any of the clubs’ entry into MLS.
The league said it is making the move to protect the trademark from outside parties. MLS also said it will discuss the issue with the supporters groups.
In other MLS news, the league announced that its 2013 All-Star Game will be played July 31 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The MLS All-Stars will play against an international club to be named.
SOUNDERS CONFIRM DEAL
Sounders FC confirmed that a deal is indeed in the works to loan career goals leader Fredy Montero to a club in his native Colombia.
“Fredy has been a tremendous part of our success the last four years and this decision was not taken lightly,” Sounders general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. “This was a process that Fredy and the Sounders cooperated on, and our hope is that it works out successfully for both parties.”
The deal could benefit the Sounders by creating salary cap space and a designated-player opening on their roster.Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt