Sounders Will Likely Wait Until 2015 To Launch Usl-Pro Team
Sept. 12, 2013, 8:10 a.m.
Rather than rush into anything before they are ready,
GM and part owner Adrian Hanauer said the team is "leaning" toward participating in the Reserve League for another season. That means any plans to field a stand-alone team in the USL-Pro will be put off until 2015.
"We want to make sure our infrastructure is in place, we have everything aligned, we're prepared so that when we do launch a USL-Pro franchise, we launch it with as much preparation and expertise and gusto that we did the MLS franchise," Hanauer told reporters on Wednesday. "Maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but we want to do it right. We don't feel like we quite have all the pieces in place to do it right."
There are more than a few issues the Sounders would like to address before embarking on what is still uncharted territory for MLS teams. Among them:
Where the team will play. Although all signs still point to the Sounders wholly owning and operating the team at Starfire Sports Complex, they are still exploring the possibility of bringing on a partner and playing in someplace like Tacoma or Everett;