Sounders Insider

Vancouver gets its team, Seattle gets its rival

After a roller-coaster round of rumors, Vancouver has officially been welcomed into Major League Soccer.

This is, of course, very good news for our soccer-loving neighbors to the north. But it's also very good news for fans of Seattle Sounders FC, who now have a rival far more worthy of the title than, say, San Jose.

Actually, the Earthquakes will have to do for a couple of seasons. But it's already good to look foward to road trips past the Peace Arch and a recreation of one of the NASL's great rivalries.

Now on to the next important issue: They've gotta keep the Whitecaps name, right?