The Wilsons Are Taking Over The Seattle Sounders

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"We're fired up about being part of the Sounders for a long, long time, having ownership in the Sounders and continuing to build that winning culture", said Wilson.

"I learned that the team I loved as a fan could be a great investment opportunity", said Myerson, who previously oversaw the Windows operating system for Microsoft, and now a venture capitalist with the Madrona Venture Group.

"Today we begin another chapter in the story of Seattle Sounders FC, this proud club that means so much to so many people", Hanauer said.

The new ownership group joins the current ownership contingent of Adrian Hanauer, Drew Carey, and Jody Allen.

The newly announced group of investors is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife Katie Myerson and includes Seattle-bred hip hop artist Macklemore and his wife.

The first incarnation of the Sounders played in the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1983, and the name was brought back when Seattle's MLS expansion team started play in 2009. I look forward to the day when we bring our next championship home to Seattle, bringing together our entire Seattle community for a shared moment of pride and celebration.

Wilson and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, have also been involved in ventures to try to bring Major League Baseball to Portland and the National Basketball Association back to Seattle. The new owners have picked up the remainder of Roth's investment.

Former Fox Sports executive David Nathanson and his wife, Sabina, are also part of the group of additional investors, as are longtime technology executive Chee Chew and his wife, Christine, and former Pandora CEO and ABC executive Brian McAndrews and his wife, Elise Holschuh, who now serves on the strategy committee of Hugo House.

The Sounders have consistently been one of MLS' most successful franchises, annually averaging around 40,000 fans per game at CenturyLink Stadium, which is shares with the Seahawks. "The team has already done some unbelievable things, but I believe the best is ahead and we're excited to be part of that". The team won the MLS Cup in 2016. "We can't wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer!"



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