MIAMI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Seattle will have a Major League Soccer team in the 2009 season, the North American league said on Tuesday.
The new Seattle franchise will become the 15th team in the league, following the arrival of San Jose in 2008.
“The Seattle team will be owned by Hollywood movie studio executive Joe Roth, Seattle Sounders Managing Partner Adrian Hanauer, actor Drew Carey and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment (VSE), the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks,” said a statement from the league.
Seattle was home to the Seattle Sounders of the now defunct North American Soccer League from 1974 until 1983 and a team with the same name currently plays a level below the MLS in the United Soccer Leagues First Division.
The Sounders have been crowned Champions of the USL First Division two of the past three years including 2007.