Seattle In 2009?

Seattle In 2009?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 8, 2007

The city of Seattle is inching ever so close to an expansion team according to the Seattle Times.

“There’s pretty high-level conversations going on right now about MLS,” (Sounders managing partner Adrian) Hanauer said earlier Tuesday on KJR radio about MLS expansion to Seattle. “There’s a lot of progress being made and lot of conversations happening.

Interesting notion that Seattle will be the club that gets in the Pacific Northwest. There are actually two California groups that are trying to get expansion rights in the city. One group has already called themselves Athletico Seattle. Hate to say it but that name kinda sucks.

Another interesting thought about this is around American keeper Kasey Keller, who calls the Pacific Northwest home. Clubs like Real Salt Lake had put in bids to win his services as a DP player this season but Keller was unable to agree to any terms. Many people believe that if a club is awarded to Seattle that he will be one of the first players to sign there. And if that is the case then I am all for this move. I think it would be great to see Keller (who, even though is well past his prime) for a couple of seasons in the league before he goes off into the soccer sunset.

I have always wanted a club in Seattle and it looks like in a couple seasons that may be a real possibility. Now I just hope all the right pieces are in place for this to actually happen right. There have been talks about a soccer stadium in Seattle, which in my opinion would save the USL-1 side, Seattle Sounders from having to fold if there was an actual soccer stadium in place.

Your opinions on Seattle? Good market or bad move for the league?