Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece

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Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece, Mike Gastineau

Ahead of the kickoff of Atlanta United, I checked out this book and I’m so glad I did. Gastineau does a wonderful job taking the key movers and shakers and weaving their stories together. From supporters to players to media to management to ownership, he provides context for the evolution of the team from the old NASL to the kickoff of the first game in 2009.

Beyond that he analyses the importance of a balanced and effective management team with a shared vision towards a goal and the tricky concept of team dynamics, which are dependent on the attitude of the stars and presence and contribution of “glue guys”. As with every success story there is a lot of hard work and desire combined with some luck and fortuitous timing, and Gastineau reflects on all of these.

A fascinating and informative read, well worth picking up.

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For a full list of my book reviews, please visit the Recommended Reading page. And reach out to me with your suggestions as well.

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