The Sounders fans opportunity to starting voting on the fate of general manager Adrian Hanauer is beginning to grab the nation's attention.
Here are some of the recent stories from:
The New York Times.
And my story from The News Tribune.
However, minority owner Drew Carey -- who brought the idea to Seattle -- agreed the national attention would be even greater if the fans came back with a vote to replace Hanauer rather than the generally expected vote of confidence.
"Bang for the publicity buck it would be great if we were having the worst season ever right now, and Adrian were an alcoholic and every picture of him was him coming out of a (house of prostitution) with him having spent Sounders' money. That would be awesome. Then the fans would go, ‘We’re getting rid of him.’ That would be awesome. But like either way to me. I’d rather have a winning season."
Publicity considerations aside, the consensus is that Hanauer has been on his toes enough where a vote of confidence seems far more likely than a pink slip.
The case against him could include the fact that the club has never won a playoff series and has had only spotty success with its designated players and in the SuperDraft.
But the case for him includes the club’s successful launch on and off the pitch, record attendance, four straight playoff appearances, three U.S. Open Cups and two straight advancements out of CONCACAF Champions League group play. Additionally, he’s a generally well-liked local guy with history in the soccer community predating the MLS Sounders.
“Best GM in the league,” veteran Sounders defender Jeff Parke said last week. “He’s out (at practice) all the time. … He gets us everything we need as players and an organization. Like I said, he’s a great GM, and they’d better not vote him out.”
Voting begins at noon Sunday. Sounders season-ticket holder and Alliance members can vote online at SoundersFCVote.com or at CenturyLink Field at each league match in October, starting with the 6 p.m. Sunday visit from the Portland Timbers.A minimum of 10,000 votes must be received, with a simple majority needed to oust Hanauer. Results will be announced Dec. 13.