Neither Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer nor coach Sigi Schmid indicated today that the Real Salt Lake series represents any kind of last chance for the current roster core to succeed in the playoffs.
As most every Sounders fan knows, for all the club’s achievements, it has never won a playoff series: being eliminated by Houston in 2009, Los Angeles in 2010, and Real Salt Lake in 2011.
So Hanauer and Schmid were asked today if a fourth straight first-round elimination might cause major roster turnover before their fifth MLS season.
Hanauer: “We will for sure try to improve out team – MLS Cup or non-playoff win. I think that you have to factor it in. But I don’t want to tie myself. We might play the best playoff series ever and lose, or we might play mediocre through the playoffs and win an MLS Cup. I want to make sure I’m balancing the result with the quality. Certainly, if these playoffs don’t go well for us, we will take that into account and try to figure out what’s going to change that in the future.”
Schmid: “Everything affects everything. What happens in this playoff series affects it, what Read more »