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March 2, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Sounders FC is roster and salary-cap compliant

That’s the word from GM Adrian Hanauer from down in Argentina, where the team’s game was canceled because of poor field conditions, but it was able to get in a practice on the FieldTurf grounds of a private club owned by former players in Argentina.

There were no transactions today, Hanauer said, although Diego Ferreira, who played with Seattle in its last exhibition game Saturday, is no longer with Sounders FC.

MLS had a deadline for all teams to be at or below the limit of 20 senior players and four developmental players and have all 24 salaries at or under the league salary cap.

But, says goal.com, “Teams do have to comply with the standard regulations, but this deadline only pertains to players under contract with the team. That means any unsigned college picks or trialists do not count underneath this deadline.

“The final resolution? A few players may end up leaving their current teams today and stock tomorrow’s Waiver Draft in the process, but most teams will end up complying without any substantive blood letting. Expect teams to ignore most of the available players on Tuesday as well.”

Hanauer said Seattle has fewer then 20 senior players under contract (18) and only Steve Zakuani as a developmental player. Therefore, the team is compliant. Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado are not among those under contract yet, so when their deals are finalized that will make 20, assuming they have made the team.

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