In this third part of our interview with new Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey, we talk about the Seahawks/CenturyLink Field decision to keep the existing FieldTurf surface for a fourth season … and other infrastructure issues:
“I have not met anybody from the Seahawks side yet – not that it’s not very important, it’s just that I haven’t had time yet.
“In terms of building infrastructure for the club, we’re going through a time now of re-examining our academy. My old job we felt like we had arguably the best academy in the country. Are there elements of that model we can take an incorporate here? Which is not to say necessarily that we would do a residency academy here, but there are still concepts that you can take out of that and try to apply to this market, which should have a lot more talent than Arizona and Utah do, if you just look historically at the number of pros that have been produced out of Washington state. There’s that aspect. There’s launching S2. And then, oh by the way, the first-team season starts in three weeks.
“So a couple of things on our plate, and we’re looking at things here at Starfire in terms of the facility, in terms of how we use the facility, in potentially developing some new facilities here in the context of S2 coming in and playing all there games here and wanting to do more with our academy. So a lot of exciting things in the works.
“And we really are looking at what I call cradle-to-grave player development, meaning Read more »