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Sounders prepare for changes

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When the Seattle Sounders’ 2013 season ended Thursday, offseason planning for 2014 began.

High-profile and high-priced designated players such as Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins had been brought in to get the Sounders beyond the Western Conference finals, where their previous season had ended.

Instead, Portland’s 5-3 aggregate victory sent the Sounders out in the semifinal round — same as the clubs from 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Changes are certain to follow that disappointing end, and the top issue among…

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