A long-running dispute over the trademark of soccer's Cascadia Cup has come to an end.
The Timbers Army and two other Northwest fan groups say they have reached a deal with Major League Soccer over the sponsorship rights to the Northwest trophy.
The cup is awarded annually after a series of matches between the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. The team with the best head-to-head record wins the Cascadia Cup.
Controversy erupted earlier this year when Major League Soccer filed trademark applications on the term Cascadia Cup, which was created by the supporter's groups of the three teams before they joined the MLS.
The Timbers Army and the other fan groups wanted to avoid a corporate takeover of their trophy, and feared it would suffer the same fate as the Rocky Mountain Cup. That rivalry trophy, created by Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake fans, is now sponsored by Subaru.
A statement on the Timbers Army website says the three Northwest fan groups will own the name, logo and likeness of the trophy, and no sponsorship will be made without the approval of the fan groups, the Timbers, the Sounders, the Whitecaps and MLS.
It wasn't immediately clear how profits from any potential sponsorship would be divvied up between the groups.
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