On the night that Joe Roth effectively handed over his controlling interest of the Seattle Sounders to Adrian Hanauer, the Hollywood producer went out with quite a bang. In between defending Sigi Schmid's coaching performance and bemoaning the existence of the away-goals rule and ties, Roth also made a highly insensitive remark about how Guatemala and Nicaragua are both "cocaine distributors."
Putting the comment in context didn't do him much favors either, as he was attempting to make a joke about why he misstated which country Marco Pappa played for.
La Barra Fuerza Verde, the Latino subgroup of Emerald City Supporters, issued this response on Friday:
La Barra Fuerza Verde's statement regarding last night's Sounders Annual Business meeting including Roth's comments pic.twitter.com/1tce6oldtS— Barra Fuerza Verde (@SoundersBarra) November 13, 2015
In response to the Sounders' perceived failure to effectively reach out to Latino fans, Hanauer acknowledged some shortcomings and pledged to do better.
As of Friday afternoon, the Sounders have made no official comment about Roth's comments.