In light of the (still unconfirmed) reports about Fredy Montero leaving the club for at least a six-month loan, I went back to review what general manager Adrian Hanauer had to say about possible personnel moves during his postseason press conference.
Here are a couple of relevant quotes:
On if it will it be hard to keep this group together: “It depends what you call this group. We certainly have the salary cap issue, but we’ve managed our cap pretty well. As I’ve said and as happens every year, it will not be the exact same group next year — and soccer’s just like that. Players get opportunities, the club gets opportunities and obviously over the couple three months we’ll get that all squared away.”
On if he had a sense if it would be more tinkering than major changes: “We said before the playoffs started that if we win a championship, we’re still going to look holistically at where we’re at and try to get better next year and try to put together a team that can win a championship. Certainly knowing that we’re not playing Champions League next year in the qualifying stage takes four games out of the equation, which maybe allows you to tinker with the depth a little bit and say, ‘OK, maybe that balances shifts a little bit more to the 11, 12, 13, 14 guys that are going to get more and more minutes,’ but that’s really subtle, and it’s based on what opportunities arise. It’s hard to just snap your fingers and say all of a sudden now I’m trying to go from 18-deep to 14-deep. The right deals have to fall into place. Again, Sigi said it: We were a little bit of discipline from still being playing or quite frankly having won this series because at 2-0 we can close up shop. But a 3-0 loss in L.A., again, just too deep a hole.”