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MLS Philadelphia Club Working On Ticket Costs, Narrowing Names

MLS Philadelphia Franchise Likely To 
Announce Ticket Costs By End Of Month
MLS Philadelphia consultant Thomas Veit Tuesday said that fans "should know before the end of the month how much tickets will cost" for the club, and that the franchise "should have a name and what amounts to a logo and colors" by spring, according to Paul Vigna of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. Veit said that MLS Philadelphia officials have been "reviewing the [ticket] prices of MLS teams across the league as they land on a range of prices that appeals to all sectors of the base that they hope to attract." Veit: "We want to make sure that everybody has an ability to come, regardless [of] price, and we want to make sure that people who want the amenities (can get them)." The franchise said that "about 6,000 people have made deposits for tickets, which to this point have yet to be quantified." Veit: "The amazing [thing] about those seat deposits is that they did it without knowing what the price of the tickets would be. So I would say that the pricing of the tickets and the scale of where they're going to be and how much they're going to cost in the sections is probably the next thing you're going to see come out, and you're probably [going to] see that before the end of the year." Meanwhile, Vigna noted team officials "continue to whittle down potential names." Veit added that the "ultimate goal is to get it down to four possible names for the team that are not patented 'or is close enough where we know we can get the trademarks and [use] them legally.'" Veit said that the team plans to launch a name-the-team contest "sometime in January, where fans can vote online ... for one of the four names, or they can submit one of their own." Veit: "Once we have the team name we'll come up with the word mark look, the colors, and put that all together, and reveal that, and we'll probably do that sometime early to mid first quarter" (PHILLY.com, 12/3).

SOUNDING OFF: In Seattle, Jose Romero reported the MLS Seattle Sounders FC tonight at the Qwest Field Event Center will unveil their official uniforms. Sounders co-Owner Joe Roth, Minority Owner Drew Carey, GK Kasey Keller and F Freddie Ljungberg will attend (SEATTLETIMES.com, 12/2).

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