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Seattle's MLS franchise, slated to take the field in 2009, has opened up voting on the franchise name. The choices are Seattle FC, Seattle Alliance and Seattle Republic. This has sparked quite a bit of outrage amongst longtime supporters who apparently assumed that the team would retain the Sounders moniker. There is a write-in option, and quite the call to use that to vote for the Sounders. A personal note - one that we also left on GOALTacoma's blog - We hate the name Sounders. It's a throwback to the old NASL team, and it's always struck us odd that every soccer team since has adopted it. The official choices are Seattle FC, Seattle Alliance and Seattle Republic. If the Seattle-types would have the brains to ask us here at No Rhubarb! we would suggest a combination. Call it "Seattle Alliance FC" and we'll be happy.

Now the taking notice moment. According to MLSRumors, Thierry Henry is supposedly in negotiations to join the Seattle team when they open play. We have mentioned M. Henry before on this blog, but a small refresher course may be required:


Henry in MLS automatically becomes the best player and most dangerous striker in the league. While David Beckham is more of a celebrity, on the pitch he's more of a supporting player. Henry scores goals. Lots and lots and lots of goals. He's the French National Team's all-time leading goal scorer. He ranks third on the list of the Premier League. He's Arsenal's all-time leading scorer. Put him in a Seattle uniform and I'll go out and buy a Henry shirt.

Even if it does say "Sounders" across the front.

3 Comments:

  1. daryl said...
    Not every soccer team has used Sounders FYI. There was FC Seattle & Seattle Storm. Those of us that appreciate the tradition of the Sounders did not assume anything regarding the name of the MLS team. We knew from the start that MLS was looking at other brands for the team. MLS Seattle asked for fan input regarding the name and we gave it. As for the other choices they have been met with ridicule with the exception of Seattle FC which most find boring plus does the league need 3 teams named (city)FC? Almost as bad as naming your minor league baseball team with your regional rivals name from the past.
    Sammy the Sounder said...
    The recent noise coming out of MLS makes me think that the write-in campaign is going well. I was pretty resigned to Sounders being an unofficial nickname, but I'm crossing my fingers for the write-in "Seattle Sounders".
    frinklin said...
    Almost as bad as naming your minor league baseball team with your regional rivals name from the past.

    Zing! Yeah, I'd actually agree with you on that were it not for 2 points about "Rainiers"
    1-The longtime Tacoma option is "Tigers" which is even more boring then "FC"
    2-It's our damned mountain anyway.

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