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Seattle Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer: “It’s just not acceptable on multiple fronts.”

Jun 29, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

Kasey Keller, Adrian Hanauer

Freelance journalist Jeremiah Oshan had an eventful sit-down with Seattle Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, who sounds like a man displeased.

There’s some reason, too. Seattle is on a seven-game winless streak in MLS – although a big U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal win on Tuesday served as something of a relief valve. Still …

We are always looking to improve the team but I’d be lying if I said after this run of seven games that we’re not more willing to consider any and all options for getting it squared away than we were seven games ago. It’s just not acceptable on multiple fronts.”

Two pieces (the one linked, and on point out that:

  • Hanauer (pictured late last year with Kasey Keller) and technical director Chris Henderson were recently in Argentina for Copa Libertadores matches. Oshan says they were specifically watching six players, some of whom would likely be DPs.
  • That would mean a current DP would have to go; I think we all know which one that might be (Alvaro Fernandez).
  • Hanauer says “We’re not going to panic and do anything stupid, but we are looking at all options.” Let’s hope he’s serious about that part, because the Sounders are hardly spiraling down the drain. Alterations at CenturyLink call for a chisel, not a sledgehammer. The real threat is unrealistic expectations at highest level. MLS is riveted to parity, so team fortunes are subject to the vagaries thereof. Management must always keep that in mind – otherwise things can really begin to go wrong.
  1. dws110 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Fernandez is far and away my favorite Sounder, and as much as it pains me to say it, I think it would be better for him to go to a club that will utilize him properly. I’ve always had the feeling that he needs to be in a more technically-minded midfield setup than Seattle runs, and he’s never quite fit into Sigi’s style. For whatever reason, Flaco has never been fully embraced by Seattle fans, most of whom won’t know what we’ve got until he’s gone. It seems like Seattle has the most quality when the South Americans (and Alonso) forget how to translate “lump in cross after cross from the wings” and play to their strengths. Fernandez has had nagging hamstring problems for a while now, but he’s still an incredibly talented player who is sure to find a club somewhere that can use him to his best abilities (and hopefully get him another look at the Uruguay national team). In spite of all of that, I’ll still feel ripped apart when he goes.

    • Steve Davis - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      It certainly is true that talented players don’t always fit into a given system. Plus, you never know how the athletes are meshing culturally when they make a dramatic change — and if they aren’t happy off the field, they’ll never be the best versions of themselves between the lines.

  2. stackhousesoccer - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I suppose I get what dws is saying, but I just never saw it with Fernandez. At some point, I just think they have to admit they made a mistake with guy, for whatever reason, and move on. He is not now or never was worth DP money in my opinion.

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