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Seattle Seahawks QB Wilson, wife Ciara join Sounders ownership group in MLS

Seattle Seahawks QB Wilson, wife Ciara join Sounders ownership group in MLS”

Read the full list of new investors here. Ciara's fellow Grammy victor Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis, have also joined the group. Macklemore is from Seattle, while Ciara and Wilson live in the city, so the partnership only makes sense.

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.

"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 in a statement. "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", Russell Wilson said in a statement.

The pairs merged with current Sounders' owners, Adrian Hanauer, Drew Carey and Jody Allen.

The group is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife Katie Myserson and features various past and present employees of the United States technology giant, including chief financial officer Amy Hood and her husband Max Kleinman, vice president Joe Belfiore and his wife Kristina Belfiore, and former senior executive Soma Somasegar and his wife Akila Somasegar.

Myerson emailed Nadella, and several other prominent names connected to Microsoft jumped on board including Microsoft CFO Amy Hood and former Microsoft Program Manager Christine Chew.

Adrian Hanauer is the majority owner of the team, which is now in second place in the Western Conference. The new owners have picked up the remainder of Roth's investment.

The star-studded ownership group will help keep Sounders FC in Seattle and help build the club going forward.

"When MLS gave me permission to look at the Pacific Northwest to start a soccer franchise, there was no question that Seattle was the place", said the Hollywood producer.

The Sounders won the MLS Cup in 2016 and led the league in attendance for eight consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2016 while playing at CenturyLink Field, which is also home to the Seahawks. "The last 10 years watching our Sounders grow with their incredible fan support beat any hit movie I ever created".



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