Other than that whole 0-2 thing, Sounders general manager said he was pleased with the inaugural Cascadia Summit, although he isn't yet able to commit to it becoming an annual event. If it does, it will likely be rotated between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.
Here's some of what Hanauer had to say about the event -- and his team -- after the Sounders' summit-concluding 3-2 loss to the Whitecaps.
"I thought it was a great event as a first effort," he said. "Certainly we’ll talk about whether it becomes an annual event. We’ll obviously do a little debrief this week, but the fans had fun, no real incidents, some good soccer, some good interaction. I thought it went well."
On the Sounders results) "When we gift four goals in two games you’re going to have a heck of a time winning soccer games. We need to tighten that up, and on the other side of the field we’ve got things to figure out as well. I think we’re headed in the right direction, but sometimes the results don’t reflect the direction you’re headed. Obviously – I’ve said this before – the proof will be in the pudding as we start the regular season. And just like we said last year when things weren’t going well, we said we’d figure it out and we did. We have too many good players and too good of a coaching staff not to get it figured out."
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On the current roster) We’re at 27. We can go up to 30. There’s still some maneuvering that we have to do. But it’s close, there’s not going to be an overhaul before opening day.On whether these two losses felt different because they were against the new Northwest clubs) Not to me. It felt like a disappointing weekend of results. For us, I know that the rivalry is going to be huge, and it’s great. But for us, once it all gets started, three points is three points, a loss is a loss. So, disappointing either way.
On whether the loses by a combined 5-2 raises questions about this third Sounders team) Absolutely. And I think that’s right either way. We have a big group, so it raises questions within the group. There are guys who played very well tonight who maybe moved themselves up, whether into a starting position or certainly getting closer. And there are players on Friday who maybe didn’t play as well. But that’s constant, whether you’re winning or losing. We’d be raising questions if we had gone through this weekend and outscored teams 5-0 we’d be going through the same process.