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Inside Craig Waibel’s ‘arduous’ interview process

Craig Waibel, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Sounders, Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Calderon, Garth Lagerwey, Raúl Ruidíaz. Sounders new sporting director stood out amidst multiple rounds of interviews, including a written project and hours of interviews. The first time Garth Lagerwey hired Craig Waibel, it was over endless breadsticks at Olive Garden....
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Seattle Sounders bullish on ‘great fit’ Craig Waibel as next Sporting Director

In the 18 months since Craig Waibel parted ways with Real Salt Lake, he’s taken some time to himself. The former RSL General Manager and four-time MLS Cup champion as a player needed to step back and reconnect with himself. He spent more time with his family, picked up some new hobbies and learned how to fly fish, all while enjoying watching soccer as a fan, something that made him fall in love with the sport all over again.
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Promise and potential: Craig Waibel tasked with helping youth break out

In his five years as General Manager, Garth Lagerwey and his team have done an admirable job of remaking the Sounders youth development, racking up awards and titles at the youth levels. But translating that success to the first team is arguably the final frontier of the Seattle Sounders youth development strategy, and as of yet, they’ve haven’t conquered it.
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Seattle Sounders hire Craig Waibel as new sporting director

SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders have hired Craig Waibel as the club’s new vice president of soccer operations and sporting director. Waibel takes over for Chris Henderson, who became the head of soccer operations for Inter Miami in the offseason. Waibel had previously spent the 2015 season as the technical...
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Sounders new VP and sporting director Craig Waibel knows he has big shoes to fill, but he’s up for the challenge

Anonymously and from afar is how one of the more decorated soccer players from Washington described his experience with the Sounders FC. Craig Waibel was introduced to media Friday as the club’s new senior vice president of soccer operations and sporting director. Born in Portland, raised in Spokane and playing for the University of Washington and USL Sounders, Waibel, 45, said it wasn’t until his stint as a men’s assistant coach at UW in 2013 when he truly became a fan of the Sounders.
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Three questions about Craig Waibel with RSL Soapbox

Prior to being hired to fill Chris Henderson’s old role as sporting director, Craig Waibel spent parts of six seasons with Real Salt Lake, first as an assistant and then as general manager. He helped guide RSL through a significant stage of transition, often helping them punch above their weight. It all ended rather unceremoniously in 2019 after a falling out with then-owner Dell Loy Hansen. We reached out to RSL Soapbox to get a better sense of what we can expect as he moves to the Seattle Sounders.
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Craig Waibel brings wealth of experience to Sounders sporting director role

Ever since Garth Lagerwey first took charge of the Seattle Sounders’ soccer operations, contending for championships has been the primary goal. By any reasonable metric, that has been a roaring success. But somewhere close behind that on the list of priorities was building a sustainable model that would allow the...
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Seattle Sounders hire Craig Waibel as new sporting director

The Seattle Sounders have hired Craig Waibel as the club’s new vice president of soccer operations and sporting director. Waibel takes over for Chris Henderson, who became the head of soccer operations for Inter Miami in the offseason. Waibel had previously spent the 2015 season as the technical director for...
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Craig Waibel

Sounders FC hired Craig Waibel as the club’s Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations & Sporting Director on April 1, 2021. Waibel has spent two decades in professional soccer, including a 12-year playing career with four MLS Cup titles, and a four-year stint as Real Salt Lake’s General Manager with three postseason appearances. A University of Washington graduate and former Sounders player, Waibel reunites with General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, with whom he worked at RSL. In his new role, Waibel assists Lagerwey in all areas of soccer operations, including scouting, player identification, player management and the club’s overall development system.
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Sounders FC names Craig Waibel Senior VP of Soccer Operations & Sporting Director

SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC today announced that Craig Waibel has been hired as the club’s new Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations & Sporting Director. Waibel has spent the last two decades in professional soccer, including a 12-year playing career with four MLS Cup titles, and a four-year stint as Real Salt Lake’s General Manager with three postseason appearances. A University of Washington graduate and former Sounders player, Waibel reunites with General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, with whom he worked at RSL. In his new role, Waibel assists Lagerwey in all areas of soccer operations, including scouting, player identification, player management and the club’s overall development system.