A uniqueness in MLS and across American sports, the Seattle Sounders Alliance Members (season ticket members, suite holders, seat partners) get to vote on their opinion of the general manager. They’re the only professional sports team in North America with this practice. The voting closed on September 28 and the results will be announced in November.

Lagerwey is regarded as one of the very best GMs in MLS history. He helped build Real Salt Lake’s period of success from 2007-14, where they won MLS Cup and made it to another final as well as a CCL final. Then, in 2015, he joined the Sounders, who’ve won two MLS Cups, been to another two finals and won CCL.

It’s the second time Lagerwey is subject to this vote. Last time, he passed with an 87% vote of confidence in 2018. There would need to be a 67% vote of no confidence for Lagerwey to not be retained.

While it’s unlikely that would happen, it’s at least on the table. And with his contract status up in the air, smart people in the industry theorized that perhaps another big-spending, ambitious MLS club could make a run at him. There’s been little more than just that – theorizing – so don’t get too wrapped in it.

However distant the possibility of Lagerwey leaving could be, it would be one of the biggest acquisitions for a rival MLS club to accomplish if it happens.

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