Only in Seattle: Sounders General Manager Could Lose His Job In Fan Vote

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

This week Seattle Sounders fans will get a chance to vote on a simple question: Does the team’s General Manager, Adrian Hanauer, who is also a minority stakeholder in the team, get to keep his job? The polls open Sunday, Oct. 7 and will stay open until Dec. 7; Sounders fans can vote either at the game or online, but they must be either season ticket holders or members of the Alliance, the club’s official members association, which includes season ticket-holders. To become a member of the Alliance, fans must register and pay a $125 fee.

According to a New York Times article today, the vote will only become official if there ate 10,000 votes, which will be audited by an accounting firm. Votes can be made on this thing we call The Internet (home of all life and communication) or at polling stations games where tablets will be used because some people apparently don’t have the Internet (which is crazy talk in 2012).

Hanauer likely has little to fear. The Sounders have been one of the league’s better teams since their MLS inception in 2009, short of winning the MLS Cup. They’ve found that challenge just a bit harder than winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which they’ve done four times.

Hanauer told the New York Times:

“My job is to put our team in a position to win a championship every year,” he said.

“There’s not really anything I can say or demonstrate or talk my way through that is going to convince people I’m doing things the right way.

“That’s the beauty of our business. It’s 100 percent results-oriented. Either you win or you don’t.”

This very well could be the first year in the team’s Major League Soccer history that it doesn’t hold some sort of trophy. The road to the MLS Cup is always a toss up, the Sounders lost the U.S. Open Cup final to Sporting Kansas City, and the club has absolutely zero chance of catching the almighty San Jose Earthquakes (who thought I’d write that at the end of last year?) in the Supporters’ Shield race.

Those results could become a problem for Hanauer if the Sounders faithful feel like he hasn’t done enough to put this team over the top since exploding into MLS in 2009, or, somehow manage to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy in the playoffs.

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