Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer talked to the media by conference call for about 40 minutes this afternoon -- his first statements since the Sounders were eliminated from the MLS Western Conference semifinals at Portland.
Here is his opening statement:
This was a very frustrating season for all of us in the organization, our fans. Probably the most frustrating of the five years that I’ve been with the club – maybe the most frustrating of the 12 years I’ve been with the Sounders. There are obviously lots of different factors that play into those sorts of frustrations. And really on Friday morning after the Portland series we went to work trying to fix those deficiencies. Clearly there are going to be a bunch of questions about Sigi and the coaching status … but just like every year in the past, we’ve taken some time after the season ends to decompress a little bit, to catch our breath, to meet and talk through what went well and what didn’t go well, and what the solutions are to what didn’t go well. This year will be no different: We’re going to go through that process. We’re going through that process as of now. And there are a lot of big decisions that ownership has to make over this off-season, and we will take our time, be methodical, be rational, hopefully not make emotional decisions based on the pain and frustration of losing a playoff series like we did to Portland. So, that process will take place over the next couple/three weeks. We’re not in any massive hurry to make quick decisions. We just want to make the right decisions and get things back on track and get our noses to the grindstone to build for next season.
I'll be back with more soon.
But until then, a few highlights:
* there were some problems in the locker room this season.
* there could be considerable turnover next season.
* the club hopes to build around a backbone of Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso.
* the club holds options for next season on Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales. However he added Johnson has made clear that he wouldn't be happy playing under the current terms of that contract. However, he said he isn't sure it would necessarily take a DP slot to accommodate EJ.