There have been hints being dropped for a few months now. The Seattle Sounders are not happy with the state of the CenturyLink Field turf and are growing frustrated with what seems to be an increasing sense that they are secondary tenants at the facility they share with the Seattle Seahawks.
How frustrated? ESPN's Taylor Twellman seems to think it's to the point that a new home is something the Sounders are at least considering.
"Secretly I think Adrian Hanauer needs Garth Lagerwey because I think Adrian Hanauer is going to look for a stadium," Twellman told ESPN700 when talking to the Salt Lake City radio station about the news he broke on Monday. "I know that's a long shot and people may find that surprising but I think Adrian Hanauer wants Seattle to have their own stadium and I wouldn't be shocked if that's where his focus and energy then turns."
Twellman later added that while no deal between the Sounders and Lagerwey is finalized that "I'd be shocked if there wasn't a handshake deal already made."
It should be said that Twellman is speculating about the stadium. But after working in or around the league for 12 years, Twellman is about as well connected as anyone covering MLS and chances are he didn't simply pull this out of thin air. Something someone said to him surely prompted this.
It should also be said that even if Twellman proves prescient, nothing is going to happen over night and the Sounders still have several years remaining on their lease at CenturyLink. But the wheels seem to be turning and this seems to be an issue worth watching.