My story in today's News Tribune takes a look at the Sounders' off-season, which began about 19 days before the club had hoped.
However, even at that, it will be a short off-season. Especially this time around with CONCACAF Champions League and MLS both resuming in early March.
Here are some key dates:
SOUNDERS DATES TO REMEMBERTuesday: CONCACAF quarterfinal drawNov. 20: MLS CupNov. 21: Expansion protected list dueNov. 23: Montreal expansion draftJan. 12: MLS SuperDraftJan. 17: Supplemental draftMarch 6-8: Start of CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalsMarch 8: Potential MLS First Kick