Seattle Sounders co-owner, TV star and comedian Drew Carey, said he is delighted by the on-field success of the expansion franchise.
After the Sounders defeated DC United in Wednesday night’s US Open Cup final, Carey was beaming and said the success had something to do with the way the club was run.
In an interview with Fanhouse.com, Carey was asked if he thought he’d experience on-field success so early in his tenure as owner of the Sounders.
“One of the main reasons we've been successful is, I think a lot of sports teams, not just in soccer but teams in other sports, you can tell when they're run by accountants,” he said.
“They don't have any passion. It's just about selling tickets, a promotion here or there. You can always tell. We're a team that's not run by accountants. Everybody here has a passion for winning and success. All of us, between Adrian, me and Joe and, well, Paul Allen [laughs], nobody really needs money.
“We were never like, "Oh my God, we could really make money if we got into the MLS. Finally get out of debt. Pay off those college loans.
“It was all about, can we go to this thing and win and be successful. Honestly, in all the meetings we had with all the owners, I've never heard somebody bring up, "Hey, we gotta make money." I've never heard that phrase even uttered.”
Carey added that it was important to think about winning matches for the fans and not making money.
“You get into the sports business and think, "Oh, I can make a buck. Or if I make a good stadium deal or something people will like me at the country club,” he added.
“I don't even know what people think when they get into the sports business, honestly, based on the decisions some people make. For the Seattle Sounders, it's all about how we can win, how we can put a winning team on the field. Every meeting I've been to, every discussion I've ever had with anybody, that's all that comes up....”