(On what this day means from your perspective…)
For us, I think on the soccer side, the technical side, we’ve been plowing ahead as though this deal was going to get done all along, so I wouldn’t say that our actions have really changed any. Emotionally, I think it’s a weight off everyone’s shoulders. I think most of us were extremely confident that this deal would get done. I think everyone just realized how much was at stake.
Everyone realized how much was at stake for the sport overall in this country, for the owners, for the players. And when that situation exists and you fold in a time component, a time crunch, people tend to get creative and compromise their positions slightly. And that’s when a good agreement is reached, when both sides are happy about some parts and maybe feel like they didn’t get everything. I think that’s probably what happened in this case.
(Do you agree with what others have said about how much was at stake with a work stoppage?)
Yeah, for sure. There were enormous amounts at stake, but again that’s why I think most of us were confident that it was going to get done. And the players had enormous amounts at stake as well, quite frankly. If the league goes away, a bunch of players have to go get real jobs. So it made it equally painful for both sides to envision what life in a strike situation might look like. That ultimately led to a successful outcome.
(On the league focus shifting to Seattle now for the season opener…)
It’s great. We had that last year. We feel it again this year. But from the soccer side of things, we’re trying to tidy things up within the group and make sure that the emotions and the excitement and the hoopla of the home opener is put behind us in place of focus from the opening whistle, and going out and getting three points at home. Because the three points are just as important on opening night as they are three weeks into the season, or eight week into the season, or at the end of the season.
(How will the new details of the CBA affect work in the next couple days? Have to imagine it will be busy…)
That’s exactly right. That’s why we’re up here. First we have to start to read the new rules and then try to figure out how that impacts our team and what we may or may not need to do to adjust our roster and to position ourselves for improving our roster.