It's been rumored for a while now, but our blog friend Ives is confirming it today. The Seattle Sounders will be joining MLS in 2009. Yes, they will be the Seattle Sounders.
For Silverbacks fans, the important part of the news is this. This will be the final game in the USL for the Sounders as they take 2008 off to build the market for an MLS franchise. How will this impact the championship game on Saturday night?
For me, I think Seattle will be a fine addition to MLS. However, taking a year off is a stupid idea. I agree with Ives, the Sounders would be better served to play their USL-D1 season in 2008 and use it as an opportunity to build the roster for entering MLS in 2009. This is a unique opportunity to have a chance to build a team for a year in the 2nd division before going MLS, it should be done.
Thoughts from the Cupcake Nation?