General manager Adrian Hanauer was kind enough to spend some time with me this week, sort of a midseason state-of-the-Sounders interview. I'll have more in the Sunday paper, and more still in blog posts over the next couple of days.
But with the international transfer window opening Thursday, here's the most intriguing highlight that I thought you might like to see now:
Q: What are you as general manager doing to make the second half of this season better?
A: We are working towards either “a” or “multiple” transactions. We don’t have a lot of maneuverability with the current salary cap and roster size, but we do have some maneuverability. If I (or coach Sigi Schmid or technical director Chris Henderson) feel like there’s a move that will make the team better, we’re going to do it. And more specifically, there are definitely specific players that we’ve been tracking/targeting/communicating with/negotiating with. You never know until it’s done, but I’m extremely hopeful that at least one transaction will be completed in this transfer window for a player that should have impact on our team.
Q: You were in South Africa. Might the incoming player be someone fans saw in the World Cup?
A: It might.
Q: Might the transfer window swing both ways? Could it be that an existing player will leave?
A: It could.