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March 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Sounders FC business operations will become independent of Seahawks starting April 30

The Sounders have announced Thursday that their business operations will become independent of the Seahawks starting on April 30. The teams had shared such operations, including headquarters at the VMAC in Renton, since Seattle was awarded an MLS franchise in 2007.

As a result of the change, the Sounders will move its full-time staff to a location in Pioneer Square.

Here are some key notes:

— Paul Allen’s 25-percent ownership stake in the franchise remains unchanged.
— CenturyLink Field will remain Sounders FC’s home venue.
— The Sounders always had hopes on one day being stable and successful to enough to break off from the Seahawks (translation: this is a good thing and something the Sounders wanted).
— Team operations and practice facilities will remain at Starfire in Tukwila.

Here are some quotes from the news release:

“This is a sensible business decision for our franchise. Our vision is to grow our business to unprecedented levels both domestically and abroad. This move will position us to achieve that goal. The Seahawks have been vital to our early success and we thank Paul Allen and his organization for their support.” — Joe Roth, Sounders FC majority owner

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Joe, Adrian and Drew. The Sounders will continue to be part of our family as we share CenturyLink Field and will work together on mutually beneficial projects.” — Peter McLoughlin, Seahawks president

“This move further demonstrates our commitment to our passionate fan base and our staff. We’re excited to plant our flag in Pioneer Square and continue to grow our brand under the banner of Sounders 2.0.” — Adrian Hanauer, Sounders FC part owner and general manager

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