Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said Sounders FC hopes to be able to announce at least the first of this season's international friendlies within the next week or two.
But it hasn't been easy.
“It is honestly like herding cats to get these games to contract,” he said. “Management changes, coaches change, destinations change, offers change from all over the world. These teams have multiple representatives bringing them offers. And teams are trying to get multiple games, so then you’re working with multiple teams’ schedules. It’s just difficult to get it over the finish line.”
The difficulties are complicated by the World Cup being played this summer, drawing many of the best players from many of the world’s best-known teams.
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Hanauer implied that may result in matches with lower wow-factors than last season, when Chelsea and Barcelona met the Sounders at Qwest Field.
“We’ll have great quality,” he said. “The names might not be as big as last year. But what we also didn’t want to do was bring the big-name teams missing the big-name players, many of whom will be at the World Cup. So we would rather bring a very, very high-quality team that has all of their players in place. We feel like that’s delivering more to the fans than the reserve team of a big name.”