"There were a lot of dominoes that would have had to have fallen to actually make another move in the transfer window," he said. "So, when the first and second dominoes weren’t falling, it was hard to see a way to the fifth domino falling. But again … you also don’t want to screw something up that’s working, and I’ve talked of that before that sometimes the best moves that you make are the ones that you don’t make."
Hanauer seems comfortable with the club as it stands heading into Champions League group play this week, returning to the MLS playoff race next week, and facing its Open Cup semifinal the week after that.
"I think our team got better for a number of reasons," he said. "The moves in the transfer window, but I think also the work that the coaching staff, the players have been doing over the months have begun to pay dividends. … It’s always hard to figure out what the single move or impact might have been. But I tend not to think of it in those terms and think of it as a compilation of several factors. I think it is in this case. But that said, we have to continue to get better. We have to get that goal against a team like Chivas and close it out, make sure that we secure all the points. We’re still not out of the woods for making the playoffs."