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Hanauer: Ownership's confidence in Schmid as high as ever, his leash as long as ever

Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer had an answer for all those media members who in their preseason MLS stories listed Sigi Schmid as the coach on the hottest hot seat:

"Let me start by saying the national media may be saying that Sigi’s on the hot seat, but the owners aren’t saying that, and we have as good a relationship as ever with Sigi and as much confidence as ever and as much leash as ever," Hanauer said. "So to me we made a decision, and that wasn’t a decision like a half-decision with lots of reservation, where two losses are all of a sudden going to create panic for us. We have all the confidence in the world in Sigi, and he has the track record to prove that that confidence in well founded."

Hanauer said that as part of about a 15 minute interview looking forward to the coming season. I'll be back through the afternoonw with more from that conversation, including a look at the roster assembled for 2014, a look at the club's hopes for another attendance record, his thoughts on the MLS in 2014, and, of course, the FieldTurf controversy.

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