The Sounders’ slow season seems to be finally stirring to life, stretching its limbs and rubbing the sleep from its eyes.
ESPN’s Taylor Twellman and Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus both reported back in December that Real Salt Lake vice president and general manager Garth Lagerwey was Seattle-bound. On Monday evening, Straus’ SI colleague Grant Wahl clarified the timeline: Lagerwey is set to become the new Sounders GM and president of soccer, Wahl tweeted, and will he be announced Tuesday.
Hearing Garth Lagerwey has signed his contract & will be announced tomorrow as Seattle Sounders GM & president of soccer. Big get.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 6, 2015
Lagerwey had been at Real Salt Lake since 2007 prior to his contract running out on Dec. 31. Assistant coach Craig Waibel assumed the role of Technical Director, which included all of Lagerwey’s former duties, last month.
Lagerwey helped lead RSL to an MLS Cup championship in 2009 as well as four of the last six conference championship games.
More to follow, on both what this means for Adrian Hanauer’s role within the organization and how it could change the look of the Sounders on the field.