Sports Illustrated‘s Grant Wahl reported on Monday night that long-time Real Salt Lake general manager and vice president Garth Lagerwey has signed a contract to become the Seattle Sounders’ new GM and president of soccer.
Lagerwey-to-Seattle was first reported by ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman in December as the former MLS goalkeeper-turned-front-office-guru’s contract was set to end at the end of 2014. RSL assistant coach Craig Waibel was appointed the club’s new technical director as it became clear Lagerwey would not be signing a new contract to remain in Utah.
Wahl also reported Monday that Lagerwey’s new post will be announced on Tuesday.
Hearing Garth Lagerwey has signed his contract & will be announced tomorrow as Seattle Sounders GM & president of soccer. Big get.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 6, 2015
Adrian Hanauer, who is also a minority owner of the Sounders, has acted as GM since 2009, the club’s first year in MLS. Lagerwey’s hiring seems to indicate Hanauer will cede control of the club’s daily soccer operations and focus more strictly on the business aspect of the organization.
Largely alongside former RSL and current New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis, Lagerwey helped build and RSL side that, in his seven full seasons in charge, never missed the playoffs, played in two MLS Cup finals and won one (2009).