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Reports link RSL GM to Sounders position

TwellmanTweetReal Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey will leave to take a position with Seattle Sounders FC, according to numerous reports.

Lagerwey joined RSL in 2007, when the club finished last in the Western Conference. Two seasons later, they were MLS Cup champions. The club has made the playoffs a league-high seven consecutive seasons. Over that time, Lagerwey has overseen all aspects of RSL’s off-field business including personnel, team budget and youth-development programs.

Here is Lagerwey's biography from the RSL website.

Taylor Twellman first reported the move Monday night on Twitter, and other media including Sports Illustrated reported confirmation by unnamed sources. The public response from a Sounders spokesman was that the club doesn’t have “any comment at this time.”

From Salt Lake media, Lagerwey was quoted as saying, “I have no written offers from anyone. I’m under contract to RSL through Dec. 31.” Here's a Tuesday morning report from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Part owner Adrian Hanauer has served as the Sounders' general manager since they joined Major League Soccer. However, he has been doing double-duty filling the president's role since the club broke from its relationship with the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Hanauer had said at that time that another person could be brought in if needed. He also has long said that he would step aside if he believed there was a better person for the job.

Here is a blog post from March 2014, when Hanauer addressed possible organizational changes after the split from the Seahawks.