Major League Soccer has issued its first response to the news that they applied for the Trademark to the term ‘Cascadia Cup’.
Prost Amerika broke the news of the filing of an application in Canada late on Sunday night, amid an outcry by supporters of all three Cascadian clubs.
In an email to Prost Amerika, they explain the move was intended to protect the term from exploitation from parties outside soccer:
“With the interests of the MLS clubs in the Pacific Northwest and our fans in mind, Major League Soccer, applied for a trademark to the name ‘Cascadia Cup.’
A registered trademark would put Major League Soccer in a position to protect the brand from exploitation by parties unaffiliated with the League and its supporters.
However, we understand that some of our fans have concerns about how the trademark will be managed, and we are planning to meet soon with leaders of the three teams’ supporters groups to discuss the topic together.”
The Supporters Group leaders issued this formal response shortly afterwards.