Last week, the Sounders held their annual business meeting with season-ticket holders. I provided a recap of the events, but there were some questions from the fans that weren’t asked due to time constraints.
The team went back and answered those — admittedly, some answers were more helpful then others — and published the lengthy Q&A on its website.
- The team said 92-percent of season-ticket holders renewed for 2012. That’s roughly 33,000 of an estimated 36,000. An additional 1,000 tickets also have been sold.
- Some transfer fees — which, for example, the team used to acquire Alvaro Fernandez — have been “in the range of multiple millions of dollars,” according to the team.
- The use of vuvuzelas has been “stopped” at CenturyLink Field.
- In a tough-to-understand response regarding a FieldTurf question, the team cited “installation and maintenance challenges” as reasons why a grass surface isn’t viable at the moment.
- The team said it’s the only MLS team that offers alternate kits in women’s and kids’ sizes.
- There will be a gameday program produced by the team in 2012.
- The team is “very hopeful” that Steve Zakuani and O’Brian White will be ready for the 2012 season.
- The team is discussing a Sounders-centric name for the Hawks Nest in the north end of CenturyLink Field.
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Here are some other links:
— Amy Carnell, the Sounders FC Director of Youth Programs, has been hired as general manager of the Seattle Sounders Women of the USL W-League. Carnell, a college All-American at UNC-Greensboro and Sounder from 2002-06, will continue her role with the MLS team, which she has held since 2008.
— MLSsoccer.com lists Seattle’s Jeff Parke as someone who may have warranted a call-up to the USMNT’s January camp if more than 20 were invited. The league website also ranked Kasey Keller‘s sendoff game as the No. 9 story of the 2011 season (I particularly took note of the comments from San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski in the story).
— Zakuani blogged some final thoughts on 2011 before taking off to the Bahamas.
— TheCup.us has a comprehensive look at the U.S. Open Cup, particularly its controversial bidding process. Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer is quoted in the story.
— Here’s a huge list of soccer players on Twitter, including a few Sounders, if that’s your thing.