This is to acknowledge the work of the club, as done so by Major League Soccer. I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with some of these folks this year and in years past.
MLS Executive Awards
The 2009 MLS Club Executive Award Winners were announced prior to the MLS Cup in Seattle last Sunday, and the Sounders FC was presented a total of eight individual and group awards by Commissioner Don Garber.
Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year: Gary Wright, Seattle Sounders FC
Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLS W.O.R.K.S: Seattle Sounders FC
Operations Director of the Year: Bart Wiley, Seattle Sounders FC
Concessionaire/Merchandiser of the Year: Sue Harris, Seattle Sounders FC
Ticketing Executive of the Year: Chuck Arnold, Seattle Sounders FC
Ticket Sales Team of the Year: Seattle Sounders FC
Public Relations Award, Team: Seattle Sounders FC
Marketing Executive of the Year: Stephanie Gray, Seattle Sounders FC
Seems sort of like an Oscars sweep to me.
More news: Two coaches are headed to Europe for a visit with clubs there.
Two members of the coaching staff will go overseas next month to observe techniques used by European clubs. Fitness coach David Tenney will travel to Holland from November 30 through December 9, visiting with peers for Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, and SC Heerenveen. Goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra will be a guest of VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga from December 4-16.
And…Seattle’s Fado Irish Pub is among the finalists for U.S. Soccer Best Soccer Bar. You can vote at the link I put up in a post from earlier today.