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November 18, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Hanauer: Schmetzer still in the mix for head coach

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Here’s Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer (left) with former USL Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer, from last Saturday at the team’s open tryout. I spoke with Hanauer that day about matters pertaining to the club, and here’s some of what he had to say:

On the coaching search for Sounders FC:

“It’s going extremely well. We believe that on our short list are spectacular potential coaches, either coaches who are or will be great MLS coaches. So we’re very happy about the process. We’re a couple of weeks away I would think, from being able to come to a conclusion and shortly thereafter announce it to the world.” (Hanauer said later that Schmetzer remains on that short list).

On what he thought when majority owner Joe Roth approached him with the idea to hold reality show open tryouts:

“I was totally into it. Sounders’ USL team has run open tryouts for years, and this was just a bigger, more public, certainly with promotional opportunities, the reality TV show aspect was brand new. So I was 100 percent for it.”

On what he’s looking from the guy who wins the roster spot:

“The sky’s the limit. Jorge Flores became a regular for Chivas USA [MLS team that has also conducted a televised competition for a roster spot]. There’s nothing that says there’s a player out here that can do the same for our roster. Or maybe he’s a young man who develops into something. You just never know. Zach Scott was a walk-on from an open tryout for USL Sounders seven years ago and became a seven-year starter, so it’s certainly possible.”

On the new USL Premier Development League team in Bremerton, which was nicknamed the Pumas according to this from the Kitsap Sun:

“I think over the next 30 days the plans for that team will become a little bit more clear. We are certainly well-acquainted with Robin Waite, who’s running it, and we’re enthusiastic about some sort of partnership. That PDL team is in a unique situation where it’s going to be PDL Pro, so those will actually be pro players, not amateur players, which makes it easier for us if a guy just slips off our roster could go play PDL. We could keep our eyes on him if we have an injury or if we need another player. It’s easier to partner with a team like that than an amateur team because you can’t have a pro guy playing on an amateur team.”

On being able to loan out a player to Kitsap:

“We could, yeah. That already exists in MLS, that MLS teams can and occasionally do loan players to USL teams, and having that team so close does make it extremely convenient. And that way the player gets a bunch of really good quality games. That’s the objective there, is to get the player games.”


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