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Sounders announce Sammy the Sounder

New Sammy is not the same as old Sammy, apparently.

Credit: Mike Fiechtner, Sounders FC

The wait is over. The Seattle Sounders have an official mascot once again after going nearly a decade without one. But, not so fast — Sammy the Sounder is not the same mascot that once used to represent the Sounders back in their USL days.

According to the official team press release, Sammy the Sounder joins the Rave Green as a descendant of USL Sammy, and, having spent time traveling with his pod, has returned to the Puget Sound. He is set to serve as a primary ambassador for Sounders FC’s youth programming, with a special focus on sustainability — a guiding tenet of the club. As a young orca himself, Sammy enjoys being around children and is a bit too shy to appear in front of crowds in-match, preferring to spend his time in his matchday habitat, which will be located outside Section 139 in Soccer Celebration as part of the new Forever Green Kids Club.

After a week of cryptic radar signals from the Sounders’ Twitter account, it looks like we finally know what the big surprise was. Sadly, it’s not a flashy DP signing, but it’s still cool nonetheless.

While it appears that this is a new and different “Sammy,” there’s no official word on what happened to the old USL Sammy. Should Sounder at Heart learn of his whereabouts, we will be sure to share.

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