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November 8, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Sounders FC 1, L.A. Galaxy 2 — postgame Hanauer quotes

Amid a time-consuming postgame (something you notice on deadline), a handful of Seattle-based reporters had a couple minutes to catch up with Sounders FC owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer in the visitors’ locker room. Here’s that quick transcript:

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(On the season ending) “Very disappointing. Everybody worked very hard: owners, general managers, coaches, medical people, support staff, players, everybody. It’s just a lot of work, so the finality of it all gets to everyone. We obviously dug ourselves a hole in the first half of the season and, without home-field advantage, we don’t play a good first half of soccer here in the return leg and it was too late.”

(Did it feel like an uphill battle for most of the season?) “The season certainly didn’t go smoothly, but I don’t know that it goes smoothly for anyone. The Galaxy got off to a good start, they faltered a little bit midseason and obviously put their foot back on the gas late in the season — but it was never a massive crisis. For us midseason it was a bit of a crisis, so in that regard it was nice to have turned it around and gotten to the playoffs. Obviously winning the Open Cup was an exciting part of the season as well. Disappointed with tonight, but we have a good, young nucleus. I think between the ownership and coaching we know some of the things we may need to tweak a little bit to continue to get better. Hopefully we can come out and do that next year and put out two good half-seasons together and a postseason, as opposed to just a good half season at the end of the year.”

(On ticket renewals and the possibility of opening more Qwest Field seats) “We don’t know that yet. I don’t think we’re far enough in the process yet. Our season-ticket renewal is running I think just on target or basically on a comparable basis to last year’s renewals. The timing is different, but three weeks after announcing we’re renewing, we’re at some percentage that’s the same that it was 21 days after (announcing it last season). And we do have a waiting list, we haven’t dug into that yet. You obviously always get people who aren’t going to renew — who move out of town and have different financial situations. So it’s a little premature to say where the capacity will end up.”

(On the offseason) “This season ended for us tonight. Next season starts tomorrow. The preparation includes: the expansion draft and our invitational combine and the MLS combine the draft and scouting for foreign players and contract discussion with current players — it starts again tomorrow. Maybe we’ll have a few hours off to digest this loss. Sigi has said this numerous times, the losses make you want to work harder to get to the top of the mountain. That’s certainly how we’re approaching this.”


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