Seattle Sounders promote Craig Waibel to replace Garth Lagerwey

Eight days after the departure of Garth Lagerwey from the Seattle Sounders to Atlanta United as president & CEO , the Seattle Sounders promoted Craig Waibel to General Manager & Chief Soccer Officer. 

Waibel previously served as Real Salt Lake's general manager in 2015-2019. He has served as Seattle’s Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations & Sporting Director since April 2021.

He got his professional playing start with the Sounders in the A-league in 1999 after four years of soccer at the University of Washington, and the defender had an 11-year run in MLS with the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo. He won MLS Cups with the Galaxy (2002), San Jose (2003) and Houston (2006, 2007).

The 47-year-old now oversees all areas of the Seattle Sounders’ soccer operations, including the MLS first team, Tacoma Defiance and Sounders Academy.

After his playing career, Waibel also had college assistant coaching stints (Michigan, Washington) before getting his first MLS job as an assistant coach at Real Salt Lake in 2014. He was promoted to general manager of RSL within a year of his initial hire.

1 comment about "Seattle Sounders promote Craig Waibel to replace Garth Lagerwey".
  1. cony konstin, December 1, 2022 at 9:36 a.m.

    Congrats. Keep building soccer in America. 

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