What They're Saying: Garth Lagerwey

“We had 10,000 people outside the stadium. We had people literally serenading from the concourses to the outside of the stadium, to the city, before the game even started. To be able to visit here in 2009, that was a lot of fun. But to be here now as a Seattleite, as part of the Sounders, and to see this community react that way. You know, we’ve been asking all week, is this going to be transformational? I hope it is, man. That was the coolest sporting event I’ve ever been to in my life. This is the best Sounders team of all-time. All of that, nobody can take that away from us.”

-- Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey on the record crowd of 69,274 fans who turned out for the Sounders' 3-1 win over Toronto FC in MLS Cup 2009. A decade earlier, he was the general manager of Real Salt Lake, which won MLS Cup played in Seattle. (The Athletic)
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