SEATTLE, WA— (club release) Seattle Sounders FC today presented its 2016 MLS Cup-winning team and staff with championship rings, designed by Jostens. Rings were awarded during a private ceremony to all players, technical staff and front office employees who were with the team for its historic 2016 season.
(Photos from Sounders FC by Dan Poss and Mike Fiechtner.)
“Last season’s MLS Cup Championship was an incredible achievement reached through the dedication, vision and hard work of countless people,” said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer, speaking on behalf of the club’s Ownership Group. “In creating our championship rings with Jostens, we looked to not only recognize a singular moment of victory, but to commemorate the journey that brought us to that point. As an organization, we are thrilled to be able to provide these one-of-a-kind keepsakes to all of the players and staff who helped our first MLS Cup come home to Seattle.”
“Jostens is truly honored to partner with the Seattle Sounders to create this historic ring,” said Chris Poitras, Jostens Division Vice President, College & Sports. “This iconic piece of jewelry uses intricate craftsmanship to tell the story of the Sounders’ first MLS Cup Championship and honors the team’s connection to its fans and the city of Seattle.”
Sounders FC’s championship ring is created in 10-karat white gold. The ring top features the club’s primary crest set with custom Sounder Blue and Rave Green enamel. The logo is accented with eight diamonds, with an additional 30 diamonds surrounding the crest. The bezel of the ring reads “MLS CUP CHAMPIONS” with a yellow gold star accenting the top-most bezel, commemorating the club’s first MLS Cup Championship.
The left side of the ring features a detailed Seattle skyline, with the region’s iconic Mount Rainier filling the background. The skyline and Mount Rainier are surrounded by the recipient’s name, with players’ numbers also featured below the skyline.
On the right side of the ring sits the Sounders FC wordmark, placed above a depiction of the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy with 2016 in its base to represent the championship year.
The inside of the ring features a custom arbor which has the date of the historic championship “12.10.16,” as well as the logos of both Sounders FC and Toronto FC along with score of the game and penalty-kick rounds that sealed the victory for Seattle.
Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is a subsidiary of Newell Brands and can be found online at http://www.jostens.com.
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ABOUT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Winner of the 2016 MLS Cup, 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Sounders FC is Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and entertainer Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence. In 2016, Sounders FC reached a milestone as the franchise claimed its first MLS Cup championship with a road victory over Toronto FC. Since the club’s debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America by leading the league in attendance each year. Prior to joining MLS, the Seattle Sounders organization has been a part of the greater Seattle community and U.S. Soccer professional scene since 1974.