Big news from the Sounders’ annual Alliance meeting Thursday night at the Paramount Theater: Adrian Hanauer is the new majority owner, supplanting Los Angeles movie mogul Joe Roth, and Sigi Schmid will be back as coach despite another disappointing end in the postseason.
Roth will continue as a minority owner. Hanauer has held multiple positions as he brought the Sounders to life as an MLS expansion team seven years ago.
“It is so painful not to win that elusive MLS Cup,” he told season ticket holders in attendance. “You have my assurance that we are doing everything humanly possible to do so . . . There’s no one in our organization that doesn’t feel the pain.
“For sure, I would always have liked to have been the majority owner. Joe has been a fantastic owner, really benevolent. All that said, not much changes . . . I will continue to be as vigilant and devoted to this club as possible.”
In a question and answer session, Garth Lagerwey, who succeeded Hanauer as general manager before the past season, confirmed the return of Schmid, the club’s only MLS coach who watched as the Sounders faltered again in the Western Conference semifinals, this time to FC Dallas.
“Let me put something to bed: Sigi is our coach. Sigi will be our coach. Sigi is my coach,” Lagerway said to applause from the audience.
Schmid this year was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was voted the soccer coach of the century by the Pac-12 Conference for his success at UCLA.
The Alliance was created minority owner Drew Carey — who was present only by video — to give fans a direct voice in the decision-making process.