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TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — When the collapse began last fall, the Seattle Sounders went from MLS favorites to a crumbling club that obviously needed change.

It's the byproduct of having an unrivaled fan base and expectations that anything less than a league title is unacceptable for management.

Seattle will go into the 2014 season with the same belief that anything less than an MLS title is not success. But they'll do it with a completely overhauled roster, the result of the slide at the end of 2013.

The question of whether changes were needed stretched from the bottom of the roster all the way up to coach Sigi Schmid. Eventually, general manager Adrian Hanauer and majority owner Joe Roth decided keeping Schmid and remodeling the team was the path Seattle would travel.

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