Sounders are one of the largest football teams outside of Europe. No wonder they've chosen to make their reserves a new franchise with its own identity and... stadium.
Seattle Sounders may be relatively unknown worldwide as of yet, but in the US they've made quite a name for themselves. With 42,636 people at every game in the last MLS season they're among the most-followed teams not playing in Europe.
One of their plans to grow further is enhancing the second team. Currently playing in USL (2nd tier) and nicknamed simply S2, the team is expected to see a major overhaul.
First, it wouldn't be based in Seattle anymore, rather in nearby city of Tacoma. Second, it would get a fitting name, which – as suggested in the below official rendering – could be Tacoma FC. And third, they will have a stadium of their own.
Though still in early phase, the design by global leaders Populous sees a 5,000-capacity ground created within the footprint of current Cheney Stadium, most commonly used for baseball.
In the meantime, S2 will continue to play most – if not all – of their home games at Starfire Stadium. Even after the move, the entire Sounders organization will continue to use the facility as their training center.