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Lagerwey staying in Seattle after GM vote

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Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey will stay in his position for four more years after the club’s alliance members voted to keep him in the role.

The Sounders’ have an Alliance Council that can vote its general manager in or out of the job after a set period of time in the position.

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Lagerwey, the ex-Real Salt Lake executive, has been in his role as Seattle’s GM since 2015, and led the team to two MLS Cup Finals, winning one.

The club demands 40 percent of alliance members to vote in order for the decision to be valid and only 37.2 percent did so, but the 87.2 percent of voters in favor or retention sent “a clear message” of approval.

The 45-year-old former MLS goalkeeper certainly had the right things to say in discussing his club’s disappointing end to the season. Seattle went on another late season red-hot run, but fell to its rivals in the playoffs.

“You can’t lose to Portland and call the season a success,” Lagerwey said. “You can’t be the only favorite to be knocked out and call it a success. Performance in the playoffs matters.”

Sure, but Lagerwey was able to pull the strings to fix the season, adding Raul Ruidiaz after forward Jordan Morris was lost for the season. He’s a future Soccer Hall of Famer, and Seattle is right to largely acknowledge that with his vote.

Clint Dempsey “fully cleared”, could play in MLS opener
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Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey says Clint Dempsey is ready to play.

Dempsey has undergone two heart procedures in the past year, missing time for both the Sounders and the United States men’s national team.

Lagerwey said that Dempsey has been fully cleared to play, though reporter Matt Pentz gets the feeling it won’t be in a starting role this weekend against Houston.

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U.S. boss Bruce Arena has said he’s hopeful Dempsey would be able to participate in March’s World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Honduras.

The USMNT star turns 34 in March.

Dempsey returns to training after second heart procedure

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Many were concerned about USMNT and Seattle Sounders attacker Clint Dempsey‘s future when he underwent a pair of heart procedures in 2016.

The 33-year-old Dempsey took another step to allay those fears when he hit the pitch for Seattle’s first day of preseason camp.

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The Sounders won the 2016 MLS Cup despite the absence of Dempsey, and his return would further strengthen the side. General manager Garth Lagerwey said Dempsey won’t be rushed, but could be nearing a return.

Clint Dempsey returns to Seattle training; Could return this season
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Clint Dempsey is back training with the Seattle Sounders after missing almost three weeks following the discovery of an irregular heartbeat.

Dempsey, 33, had a procedure to address the issue, according to Seattle general manager Garth Lagerway.

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The Sounders say that Dempsey could return this season, but stressed that he has not yet been cleared to play.

Seattle is six points back of Portland for the West’s final playoff spot, but has played two less games than the Timbers.

Dempsey has 8 goals and 2 assists in 17 games for Seattle this season.

Report: Garth Lagerwey signs contract to become Seattle Sounders GM, president of soccer

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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.

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).