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Lagerwey joins Sounders as general manager

Garth Lagerwey (USA TODAY Sports)

By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the richest teams in MLS just enriched their front office in a massive way.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that Garth Lagerwey has joined the club as its general manager and president of soccer. Lagerwey, 42, will assume full control of soccer operations from current owner Adrian Hanauer, and will also oversee technical staff management, player personnel, transactions, and more.

Lagerwey had been linked with the job for weeks, especially after his decision to leave Real Salt Lake.

“I always said that if the best General Manager was available, I would hire that person to replace me. I believe that Garth is that man,” said Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer via press release. “This decision will allow me to focus more time on strategy surrounding the long-term future of our club.”

Like Hanauer before him, Lagerwey is assuming a position that is subject to a fan vote every four years. The former goalkeeper arrives in Seattle after seven-plus season at Salt Lake, where he helped build a competitive roster that won the 2009 MLS Cup and was consistently among the league’s elite sides.

“I’m really excited to join Sounders FC,” said Lagerwey in the release. “I understand in coming here I am inheriting a trust, and in many ways I’m now a steward of that trust. It’s not merely Sounders since 2009 – it’s Sounders since 1974.

“I am humbled by that responsibility and will do my best to live up to those communal expectations in managing Sounders FC as a generational entity that has been an integral part of people’s lives for 40 years.”

What do you think of Lagerwey’s arrival in Seattle? What should his first order of business be? Think the Sounders will win the MLS Cup under Lagerwey’s reign?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. I can think of maybe three other examples of HR “getting their man”. And i’ll three turned out to be very successful. How about Dave checketts luring dallas strikes jason kreis to be the very first player for RSL? Or fernando clavijo never giving up until he lured oscar pareja away from colorado. Or how about sunil gulati not resting until he finally got jurgen klinnsman.

    To me, this hiring seems similar. Adrian hanaeur got his man in garth lagerway. St76459 suggests to me many good years ahead for seattle.

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  2. Paul Allen owns the Seahawks, is part owner of the Seattle Sounders and controls Century Link field – not sure where this stadium discussion is coming from but it starts and ends with one guy

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    • Not to hijack this topic too much, but as far as I know, the stadium talk is 100% speculation, with no basis in reality. The number of reasons for staying at Century Link are numerous and immense. There is one reason for people talking about a new stadium: turf.

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      • The stadium “rumor” came from Taylor Twellman who, as you know, is usually pretty good at getting the inside scoop.

        The turf is a major issue, but not the only one. Sounders would also like more control over their schedule (e.g., they got bumped last season because of an Amazon.com work party!) and a larger share of the game-day revenues (i.e., all).

  3. This to me is the end of the old RS braintrust that had some success year to year. Kreis is now in NY and Lagerway Seattle. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue their success consistently now.

    Yes, Seattle is rich in many senses, but not the ultimate trophy count, which is why they are trying this.

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      • Seems like a great job to have because Seattle is already good enough to win MLS cup. The only reason they have not, as you mentioned, is the dice have not fallen in their favor. It’s only a matter of time.

      • Oh please… it is no more of a “craps table” than the Champions League or World Cup. The historical track record shows that two-legged knockout stage tournaments commonly used in soccer tend to produce far less randomness, and far fewer undeserving finalists/champions than some people seem to fear.

        The best teams set themselves apart and become champions by performing in high-pressure elimination games, same as any other sport. And soccer shows far less randomness than baseball or American footballl, where Wild Card and low-seeded teams regularly advance to (and win) the World Series/Super Bowl. .

    • Plus the reasoning seems to be that Adrian wants to step back into the business operations and possibly, if the Seahawks wont play nice, look for a possibility of a new stadium (not gonna happen in seattle)

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