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January 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Supporters’ groups call talks with MLS over trademark issue ‘productive and respectful’

There has been a local story of interest the past few weeks that hasn’t involved the Sounders.

It’s a matter involving Pacific Northwest fans and MLS, more specifically a dispute over trademark rights to the Cascadia Cup. Here’s a story I did on the controversy earlier this month.

Picking things up this week, league officials and leaders of the main supporters’ groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, recently chatted on a conference call in hopes of working toward a solution.

So how did it go? Here’s a joint statement from the Emerald City Supporters, the Timbers Army and the Southsiders:

The supporters groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver had a productive and respectful conference call with Major League Soccer’s representatives that opened important dialogue. The supporters groups in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver look forward to working with MLS to resolve this issue. The Cascadia Cup Council continues to believe that it is well positioned to represent the interests of the Cascadia Cup trademark and the supporters who created it.

Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer — whose involvement with the Sounders also predates MLS, like the Cascadia Cup — was asked about the topic on Monday.

“I’ve tried to keep an ear to it and not get in the middle of it very much,” he said. “I understand both sides of the issue. I’m confident that … cooler heads will prevail, and they’ll work something out.”

That was on the heels of commissioner Don Garber‘s comments at the MLS SuperDraft, which, to be frank, were not well received by the fans.

But now it looks as though Hanauer was right and progress is being made toward resolution.

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