Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth said last week that he wants the team to compete for the playoffs in Year One.
That’s quite an expectation, seeing as it wasn’t a good season for MLS expansion clubs Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. Both finished last in their respective conferences.
“Very simply, our goal is to come out with an expansion team and make the playoffs,” Roth said last Tuesday at the announcement of the sigining of Freddie Ljungberg.
Roth’s introduction of Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer at the Ljungberg announcement raised a few eyebrows, too.
“I don’t want to much too much pressure on Adrian. I’m always reluctant to put much pressure,” Roth said. “But if we don’t make the playoffs the first year, I don’t know what’s wrong. And with that, I give you our general manager and co-owner, who has four years to put together a great team, or else the city will speak yet again, my good friend Adrian Hanauer.”
Roth was talking about Sounders FC’s fan association, spearheaded by actor and part-owner Drew Carey, who will have the right in four years to vote on the retaining or firing of Hanauer.
By the way, did anyone see the Kansas City-Columbus MLS playoff game last night? I’m glad the Wizards are getting their own stadium, because you could see the pitcher’s mound at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, KC’s temporary home, in the foreground just beyond the near sideline. One more year at the minor-league baseball stadium for them. I know that teams are just doing what they have to do (i.e. San Jose), but to me it might have been better to stay at Arrowhead Stadium, regardless of its size, for a couple of more years.
There was a question from a reader about Thierry Henry. With Ljungberg in as the designated player, Sounders aren’t likely to go after Henry. Thanks for reading!