The Sounders organization made a nice gesture today with their announcement that they would credit one game to renewing 2011 season-ticket holders to make up for that lost Saturday of a game yesterday.
However, most fans would rather just have a winning team that gives the full 90. A startling number of fans did yesterday -- you guys in the south end were amazing. However, some players clearly did not.
Fortunately, it's not an either/or deal. And while that season-ticket deal is coming for sure ... some new players might be coming too.
Some relevant quotes from general manager Adrian Hanauer today:
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"(The fans) were amazing and they have been for (all of our) home games. They’ve done their part, and our team didn’t yesterday. And that’s just not going to fly. Obviously, that’s one thing we can do. The other thing we can do is shake up the team and get the guys on the field who have the heart and the desire and the passion and will bleed for the Seattle Sounders club, because that’s all that’s acceptable. Possession in the midfield is great, and looking good is fantastic, but when you look at the results you see the Seattle Sounders in last place in the West this morning. That’s just not frickin’ acceptable. Not while I’m involved. I hate to be the if-heads-have-to-roll kind of guy. But it’s we’re not going to remain in last place. Not if I’m involved.
On what might be done with the roster:Short-term we can get more aggressive in our conversations when teams call us and say is this guy available or are you interested in that guy. Maybe losing a guy with a little more talent and gaining a guy with a little more passion and heart is going to be worth the trade. I know that our fans care about heart and passion and results. And again, possession is certainly part of the game, and I’m a big fan of the beautiful game. But ultimately, the beautiful game ain’t so beautiful for the home team if they’re losing – especially if they’re losing like that.
... and on the longer-term:"The July transfer window – it seems like it’s forever from now – but I guess the better way of putting it is that the June World Cup break and then the subsequent July transfer window is to some degree around the corner. And that is an opportunity to make some changes. If it was easy, everyone would be in first place. There are going to be first place teams, and there are going to be last-place teams. This organization just doesn’t intent to be a last-place team. And the fact that it’s not easy cannot be an obstacle. We hae to be smater, work harder, be more creative, scrap, claw, figure out what’s going to get us that edge.
On who's to blame for the team being last in the West:"It’s management, coaches, players, support staff. … There’s plenty of blame to go around – me included. Ultimately it’s my team, so if I’m going to lay any blame it’s on myself for not being perhaps more aggressive earlier. That said, I’m not one that hits the panic button. We’re not miles away, even given the performance yesterday. In the first half we were the better team."