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SBD/October 8, 2012/Franchises
Second Largest Crowd In MLS History On Hand For Timbers-Sounders FC In Seattle
Published October 8, 2012
FROM THE DESK OF THE GENERAL MANAGER: Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer on Saturday said of the anticipated crowd, "First and foremost it speaks volumes about the league overall. ... I personally have never been as bullish as I am today about the continued growth in the league." He added, "I don't know that crowds of 60,000 are going to be regular. The reality is obviously there are only a few markets that can accommodate that. But I think the bigger story will be stadiums sold out in advance of the season for the entire season, teams having to try and figure out how they're going to add capacity to their stadia, the sport continuing to compete and grab mind share from the other four major league sports in this country, so I do think there are going to be more of those types of issues." Hanauer said of the organization holding a fan vote to determine if he retains his role as GM, " I really like this process. For sure it's easier for me as an owner to like the process. ... What does this vote look like for someone who does count on this job to put food on their table and for whom it is maybe a precarious commitment? But I love the fact that it is a fan-driven thing. That's not to say, by the way, that an ownership group in our organization couldn't do the same thing. To be honest, I don't know what the charter says, but I assume it says that if Joe (Roth) and I and Paul Allen and Drew want to get rid of a general manager, we can do that. So I think it's sort of the best of both worlds" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 10/6).