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How to top Chelsea, Barca, MLS Cup in 2010?

OK, you season ticket holders have gotten Chelsea and Barcelona, and MLS Cup is yet to come. Not bad little add-ons to your season ticket package, eh?

What can the Sounders organization do for an encore next season?

They'd like to live up to the high expectations they've set.

"Obviously we've got a lot of work to do in the off-season," general manager Adrian Hanauer said. "But we're 100 percent committed to delivering on fans expectations. We're not exactly sure how we're going to do it, but we're going to have to figure it out."

Hanauer said he already has some clubs on his mental wish list. He wasn't ready to share them yet, but he indicated that Sounders fans can probably come up with a wish list not too different from his own.

"When you talk about superclubs, the list is relatively short," he said. "It's not like there are 50 clubs in the world that we're going to be able to go after. But, yeah, we have some in mind and there are other ways to deliver exciting opportunities to the market, not necessarily the superclubs."

AC Milan? Celtic or Rangers? Hanauer didn't seem to think its essential to necessarily bring in clubs from other parts of the world after reaching into England and Spain this year. But still: Club America? Chivas?

As for opportunities that don't necessary involve superclubs: Maybe including Superliga or CONCACAF Champions League as part of the ticket package? It won't be the MLS All-Star Game, as that was recently awarded to Houston.

Anyway, all interesting. One of the real charms of soccer, this chance to see the great international clubs.

What one club in all the world would you most like the Sounders to bring in?

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