Sounders general manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey, who has helped build championship teams at Real Salt Lake (2009) and Seattle (2016), downplayed a report without ruling out
his interest in the new U.S. men's national team general manager position.
SI.com's Grant Wahl reported on Tuesday that Lagerwey was under consideration for the new position approved by U.S. Soccer's board of directors.
“I read in the paper that they’re looking for GM candidates,” Lagerwey said. “I’m flattered to be considered. I’ve said a couple times, whether it’s working for U.S. Soccer or whether it’s my current role, I want to be part of the solution. There’s room for improvement there. That said, I’m really happy with the Sounders. I really like my job. I think I have one of the best jobs in soccer. This is not something that I would leave lightly or without serious consideration. Right now, I’m focused on trying to get these last couple of signings over the line before [Concacaf] Champions League starts.”
At a press conference on Saturday following Carlos Cordeiro's election as U.S. Soccer president, U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn said the federation has already identified some candidates and he will go over with Cordeiro an outline for the process to select the general manager.
The federation board has approved positions for men's and women's national team general managers after a review process that began last summer. There is more urgency now on the men's side, where the national team has been in limbo since Oct. 10 and its elimination from the 2018 World Cup.
There is a more immediate need to fill the men's GM position than to hire a new men's national team head. Dave Sarachan has been serving as interim head coach since Bruce Arena's resignation following the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago.
The Sounders open their 2018 competitive season on Feb. 22 at Salvadoran club Santa Tecla in the round of 16 of the CCL.
MLS in CCL: Round of 16, First Leg:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
10 pm Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
8 pm Tauro (PAN) vs. FC Dallas
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
10 pm Olimpia (HON) vs. NY Red Bulls in San Jose, Costa Rica
10 pm Santa Tecla (SLV) vs. Seattle Sounders
*All times ET.