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MLS, Cascadia Cup Council begin with ‘productive and respectful’ call

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Seattle Sounders fan Darin Schneider, center, shouts while Glenn White holds the Cascadia Cup before the start of an MLS soccer game between the Sounders and the Portland Timbers, Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Just because they may be at an impasse doesn’t mean the sides can’t be polite, and thankfully, civility seems to have won out ruled during yesterday’s conference call between Major League Soccer the Cascadia Cup Council.

Representatives from the two sides opened discussions yesterday, and while there appears to be little middle ground between their two views, initial talks were described as “productive and respectful.” Given some of the vitriol we’ve seen in social media, it’s a step in the right direction.

At play are the Canadian and U.S. trademark rights to “Cascadia Cup” (tm, in the future), issues that won’t be decided via conference call. Yesterday’s call was designed to open a dialogue and diffuse the tensions that grew after MLS’s Canadian trademark filing became public.

And who knows, a little empathy may lead to some cooperation and (fingers crossed) one side seeing the other’s point of view.

Here’s the statement of the CCC - the umbrella organization that Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver supporters formed to represent the Cascadian view:

The supporters groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver had a productive and respectful conference call with Major League Soccer’s representatives that opened important dialogue. The supporters groups in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver look forward to working with MLS to resolve this issue. The Cascadia Cup Council continues to believe that it is well positioned to represent the interests of the Cascadia Cup trademark and the supporters who created it.

So for now, the pitchforks go back in the barn, and those of us on the outside have some reason to believe a deal’s possible.