The Sounders ownership and front office have decided that yesterday's 4-0 loss to Los Angeles was so unacceptable that fans shouldn't have to pay for it.
That is, they have decided to comp one game from next year's season ticket package for those who hold season tickets this season.
General manager Adrian Hanauer said the only thing impressive about yesterday's game was the full-90 showing of the fans, and therefore he suggested the idea and it was accepted.
"That performance last night wasn’t good enough," he said today after Sounders training at Starfire Sports Complex. "The effort wasn’t good enough. The execution wasn’t good enough. The heart wasn’t good enough. The passion wasn’t good enough. The only thing that was good enough was our fans. And so we decided that we are going to give our fans their money back for that game – our season-ticket holders, the people who were with us in the beginning (and) will be with us in the future. We’re in this for the long haul. We need them to be in it for the long haul.
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"That wasn’t Sounders’ soccer. And it was quite frankly embarrassing, humiliating, and they don’t deserve that. So it’ll come in the form of a credit against next season’s season tickets, because we want people in it for the long haul. … It’s not a precedent. We don’t plan on giving people their money back every time we have a bad game. But as the owners of the club we reserve the right to do whatever we think we need to do to treat our fans the way they’ve treated us."
In addition to the free game next season, Hanauer said he wants this to be an immediate message to fans that that yesterday's result was unacceptable, and coach Sigi Schmid said that his players should take that message to heart as well.
Here is, I guess, at least the start of a release from the club.