Lost a few posts, but this thread lives on. The discussion had turned to who was doing the pursuit of MLS. Besides First and Goal and the Sounders, the following agencies seem to have authority for this: Seattle Sports Commission (formerly named the Sports and Events Council of Seattle-King County) Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission Then there's sports entrepreneur Bob Walsh, who brought the 1990 Goodwill Games, NCAA basketball Final Fours, and a ton of other events to Seattle. Former P-I sports columnist Steve Rudman wrote a largely fawning biography of Walsh in 2001, which I'm currently reading. It doesn't talk much about soccer per se, but it describes the unorthodox methods in which Walsh networks, impresses people, and gains business. The book repeatedly rips the Sports and Events Council for failing to land the Super Bowl, World Cup, and the US Olympic Trials in numerous sports, among other events. In particular, Rudman writes that the council "had made a comically stumbling run at a Major League Soccer franchise," and states that local leaders "created the Sports Council with the clear intent of running Bob Walsh out of business." While this one-sided account should be taken with a grain of salt, Walsh clearly had landed more sporting events during his reign in the 1980s than the bumbling council has since its 1990 creation. The NCAA liked him so much that they asked him to provide a permanent home for the NCAA D-1 men's soccer championship, which was held in the Kingdome for 2 years and the T-Dome for 1. Walsh has lots of irons in the fire in Russia and (former Soviet) Georgia, but he recently made news in trying to bring the Army-Navy football game to Seattle, so maybe he's paying more attention to sports again. He's known mostly for one-off events, but he did help Vancouver get the NBA in 1994. A plus for us is that Donald Horowitz (who is related to Russell Horowitz) is Walsh's lawyer and close business partner, and Russian scholar Emory Bundy (who's a teammate of Matt Griffin) is another associate.