We are capable of winning MLS Cup – Seattle Sounders’ Hanauer

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer believes the current roster is capable of winning the MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer believes the current roster is capable of winning the MLS Cup.

The Sounders made it to the conference semi-finals last season, going down to Real Salt Lake, but with some new inclusions this off-season, such as Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Christian Sivebaek and Marc Burch, Hanauer feels they are ready to win a title.

“We’re very comfortable with this group,” Hanauer said.

“I don’t see a lot of weaknesses out there. And so, (will) we win an MLS Cup? I don’t know, but I certainly know this group is capable of winning an MLS Cup.”

There were rumours that Seattle were set to lose the likes of Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez in post season but Hanauer is delighted the club has been able to hold onto their key players ahead of a potentially massive 2012.

“It was a bit of a challenge, but we were able to juggle the cap in a way that we are able to keep this group out here that you see,” he said at pre-season training. “Again, we have maybe put things off for a year. Again, I think as we win and guy’s salaries go up ... it sort of forces you to adjust your thinking and adjust your roster.

“But we’re obviously happy that we do have the guys back that we have back. Standing here the last couple of days watching, I’m as encouraged as ever that again we’ll have a very, very competitive team.”

 
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