Sounders add QB Wilson to ownership group

Macklemore performs during the Gemini Tour at Key Arena in Seattle on Friday Dec. 22 2017

Macklemore performs during the Gemini Tour at Key Arena in Seattle on Friday Dec. 22 2017

Seahawks star Wilson, along with his wife Ciara and various other prominent members of the Seattle community, joined the Sounders ownership group on Wednesday (AEST).

Seattle hip-hop star Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis, headlined the group.

"Sounders FC was born right here in Seattle, and for more than 40 years, the club has forged a meaningful legacy that is deep and far-reaching", said Sounders FC Majority Owner Adrian Hanauer. "We are doubling down on this community and growing our local roots even deeper".

The 11 new families also include celebrities with direct ties to Seattle such as musicians Ciara and Macklemore, Seattle Seahawks six-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson, and other tech and media veterans including former Pandora, aQuantive, Microsoft, and ABC Sports exec Brian McAndrews and his wife, and former Microsoft exec Soma Somasegar and his wife. In 2014, he joined an investment group looking to bring an NBA/NHL arena to Seattle.

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To shed some insight into that, former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson wrote an extensive LinkedIn post that starts at the very beginning and carries through the latest chapters in his Seattle fandom. "But we all are Sounders, and we believe in this club", Macklemore said in a video announcing the move. "I'm proud to consider him a partner today".

Hollywood producer Joe Roth, who helped bring the MLS to Seattle, is leaving the franchise. His tenure witnessed a period in which the Sounders won five major trophies, including their first MLS Cup in 2016.

It's not Wilson's first venture into the business side of sports. "The last 10 years watching our Sounders grow with their incredible fan support beat any hit movie I ever created. That's what we're excited about for this game, this team, and what we can do in Seattle".

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