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Revisiting Hanauer words in new circumstances

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

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Key Sounders say they expect to return next season


As coach Sigi Schmid said in a post below, there are always personnel changes over the off-season. And at times, Sounders management has indicated that there could be a significant change or two before next season … even aside from trying to replace goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

However, several of the international players often involved in transfer rumors all said today that they are happy in Seattle and plan to return … perhaps for the long haul.

Some responses (with Alonso and Fernandez speaking through interpreters):

OSVALDO ALONSO: I’m still right here in Seattle and I’m happy here. If in the future there’s a different opportunity that will be the right moment, but right now I’m happy where I am.

FREDY MONTERO: I’m happy here. I’m so proud to be Sounders. You as a player, you never know. (If) offers are coming we have to think about it, and if it is going to be better for me and my family and my future, we have to be focusing on what is good for me. But I’m happy here in Seattle.

MAURO ROSALES: I think (a new contract is) almost done. We have a few details. I will wait a little bit more, but I think in this week, everything is going to be news about what it’s going to be. … I don’t want to put a limit in how many years I’m going to be here. I want to be a long time here. Seattle my team, eh?

ALVARO FERNANDEZ: I’m very happy here in Seattle. I’m happy how my season went Read more »


Fucito: ‘I don’t think we could have dominated any more’

Here’s more Sounders’ reaction from their final locker room of the season:

Lamar Neagle
On his goal)
“Fredy just played a good ball. They really kind of converged on him and I was wide open…We can score goals and we put enough pressure on them the whole game, especially because it was around the 70th minute when I scored, so we knew we had a lot of time and we definitely thought we could put another one away.”

On if the goal boosted his confidence) “Yeah. You can say it’s always difficult to get into the game when you’re

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Montero says he played as well before goal streak


Fredy Montero has scored 11 goals over his last 11 games, lifting his all-competitions total to a personal- and club-record 18 and his MLS total to a personal- and club-record-tying 12. It also has shot him to fifth in the league.

“I just want to score goals,” Montero said after training today. “I’m happy with what I’ve done this season. And I think what’s really important is at the team level we’ve done really well goal-wise as well.”

Montero’s late-season barrage has come in the service of victories. Over this streak, starting with that Open Cup win against Dallas, the Sounders are 6-2 in the games when Montero has scored.

The rejuvenation followed a relatively slow start to the season for the club’s all-time goals leader. Part of that could be attributed to the wrist injury suffered in the second game of the season at New York, which forced him to play with a cast for about two months.

“The cast probably threw off his equilibrium and his balance a little bit,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s very technical and does rely on that balance. Maybe it was in his head, a little bit. You don’t know. But I also think his fitness level came along and came up. I think the addition of (Mauro) Read more »


Sounders trying to ratchet up intensity for playoffs

The Sounders have concluded Thursday training at Starfire. To me and some observers, it seemed a little more chippy and intense than usual. However, coach Sigi Schmid didn’t fully agree when asked.

“No, he said. “We had a film session before practice. We tried to point out some things. We wanted to make sure the guys are ready to ratchet up a level because that’s what you’ve got to do. It’s not like we need to change anything drastically. We just have to be a little sharper, a little more alert, a little more intense. We wanted to make sure we get that part of it right.”

Fredy Montero had a couple of notable scratches on his face, but those didn’t come today but instead Tuesday against Monterrey.
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