The last time the Seattle Sounders went out of the playoffs this early was 2013. Granted that was in far more spectacular fashion -- losing a pair of games and being thoroughly outclassed by their biggest rivals -- but it preluded the most dramatic rebuilding in the club's history. Fredy Montero (kinda), Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales, Michael Gspurning and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado were among those shipped away as the Sounders turned over more than a third of their roster.
The dust has barely started to settle on this offseason, but there's at least one indication the Sounders are preparing us for some similarly significant changes. Speaking to "Q it up Sports" a couple hours after the game, Taylor Graham made this rather ominous statement:
"There's no doubt about it that this roster had enough talent to make a run at MLS Cup, but the roster and composition of this group was built to win today and I wouldn't be surprised to see a very different roster come the start of next season."
Graham is not just some random ex-player, it should be said. Not only did Graham spend a total of six years playing for the Sounders in both the USL and MLS eras, but he's currently one of their TV analysts and the club's Senior Director of Business Operations. While this may be simply his opinion, it is at the very least an informed one. The chances of Graham simply flying off the handle with a comment like this are basically nil.
So what does that mean? Obviously, that's much more guess work and something I'm sure we'll speculate about plenty in the coming days and weeks. For now, it sounds as if we should buckle up.