The Sounders might have been shut out when it came to MLS club and executive awards, but they weren’t when it came to a local award.
Adrian Hanauer, the team’s general manager and part owner, has been named Seattle Sports Star Executive of the Year (here’s my story).
In you case forgot, Sounders vice president of business operations Gary Wright won the award last year. League-leading attendance, TV ratings and merchandise sales are nothing to be ignored — even if it an every-year thing here.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Defender Adam Johansson might be off with his national team, but he did this chat in Swedish recently. He mentioned he has one year left of his contract and makes it seem like he’d be up for a return home afterward. Admittedly, internet translations aren’t always the most reliable.
— And here’s a chat with Mauro Rosales in Spanish.
— It sounds like the Sounders might have competition for the services of Guy Essame, one of 14 some trialists in camp.
— Around MLS, New York still doesn’t have a coach, it sounds like Landon Donovan will be back with the Galaxy, the sale of FC Dallas’s Brek Shea to Stoke City is in doubt, the Crew signed a Brazilian center back, and Freddy Adu doesn’t appear to be in Philadelphia’s plans going forward.
— Also, be sure to read this piece on MLS television ratings, D.C. United has signed veteran midfielder John Thorrington, here are some other personnel notes from Columbus, and Chicago agreed to new deals with a trio of guys (though one is off to train with Atletico Madrid).
— In your former Sounders news, goalkeeper Andrew Weber has joined Real Salt Lake in preseason.
— On the women’s soccer front, Equalizer Soccer chatted with USWNT coach Tom Sermanni.
— Remember the Ruffneck Cup? Well it’s back, and here’s all you need to know about it.
— Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray? Interesting.
— Lastly, the Sounders catch you up on their offseason in this video…