MLS and Cascadia supporters reach a resolution on Cup trademark issue

Just in time for another mouth-watering Pacific Northwest clash, it looks like the legal tussle over the Cascadia Cup has been resolved.  

On Friday, it was announced that the supporter groups in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver and Major League Soccer had reached an agreement in principle regarding the Cascadia Cup Trademark Issue.

The announcement from the Cascadia Cup Council, the non-profit that manages the Cascadia Cup, laid out the basic framework of the working relationship between the two parties, subject to final ratification and legal approval:

The Cascadia Cup Council will own the name, logo and likeness of the trophy and no party may sell, trade, nor barter any sponsorship to the Cascadia Cup without the unanimous approval of all parties (i.e., CCC, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS).


The issue around the trademark of the Cup, which was created by the clubs' supporters before any of the three clubs joined MLS, exploded into the public sphere earlier this year and has been a near-constant theme on social media. 

“We are pleased to have reached a positive agreement regarding the Cascadia Cup trademark,” said MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott.  “We believe this resolution is good for our clubs, good for the game, and good for our fans in the long term.”

The news of an agreement comes just a day before the Whitecaps host the Sounders (Saturday, 11 pm ET | NBCSN, TSN, RDS).