- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 13, 2007
- 4 Comments
I always new Drew Carey would eventually own or partly own a club in the MLS. He’s a soccer nut like the rest of us, the only difference is he has the money to go along with the passion for the sport that most of us don’t have.
Carey will be a minority owner in the new expansion club in the greater Northwest. The ownership group comprises Carey, Seattle Seahawks’ owner Paul Allen, Seattle Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer and Hollywood producer Joe Roth. Roth will be the majority owner.
The biggest thing that Carey is bringing to the table is his idea of a fan membership — similar to FC Barcelona — where fans have a say in the direction of the franchise, including voting for the general manager every four years.
“We’re going to let the fans control who the general manager is and whether he is hired for a four-year period,” Carey said. “Adrian is going to be the general manager, and he’s one of the owners, but four years from now … they might vote him out.”
I honestly love this idea. The fans get a say in how the club is going. It can be a good thing and a bad thing, but if an unpopular GM (Alexi Lalas) is doing a bad job, he can get booted out by now the owners but by the fans.
Carey also said he wanted the club to having a marching band. True Carey nature right there, I guess that is something else we could be seeing in Seattle in a couple seasons.
The club will officially be announced this afternoon by the league.