Seattle Sounders FC 2 Rebranded as the Tacoma Defiance

On Wednesday afternoon, Seattle Sounders FC and the Tacoma Rainiers joined forces as the organizations rebranded Sounders FC 2 into the Tacoma Defiance.

The USL club now adopts the name of the city they call home after moving from Starfire in Tukwila to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma last year.

In addition to the new name, new jerseys were unveiled with MultiCare Health as the club's first primary jersey sponsor.

Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System, also announced that the organization is committed to building a 60 thousand square foot facility next to the planned-to-be-built soccer specific stadium in Tacoma.

However, that stadium's future is uncertain, with a feasibility study still needing to be done, according to Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.

Meanwhile, Wednesday's announcement also unveiled the new primary, secondary, and tertiary logos for the Tacoma Defiance, seen above.

The new primary logo features a warship, in honor of the USS Point Defiance, a United States Navy landing ship named after the Pierce County region, with an octopus emerging from the water around the ship.

The secondary logo still features the outline of the Seattle Sounders FC crest with the two clubs still connected, as the Defiance are Seattle's USL side.

Another major announcement to emerge from Wednesday is that the Defiance will be joined by another soccer-playing tennant at Cheney Stadium and the future soccer specific stadium in Tacoma.

The Seattle Reign FC and their Owner Bill Predmore announced that the club will be dropping "Seattle" from their title and relocating to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, effective immediately. The team will train at Foss High School, next to the stadium, and play all 12 regular season games on the grass at Cheney.

The Tacoma Defiance open the 2019 USL season at home on March 8.

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