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April 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer comments on the new DP rules (team release)

(On new MLS Designated Player rule . . .) “This franchise is aggressive and progressive thinking and looking franchise and certainly we are going to look to use this new rule to our best advantage. It allows us to open our eyes and imagine some more very special players playing for our fans here in Seattle.”
(On possibility of having two Designated Players on team . . .) “I wouldn’t want to predict how we use the DP slots but certainly we will look to get better as a team always. Whether that means bringing guys in on salaries that fit within the cap or designated players. But certainly the reports are out there. We have made some money. We have the ability to do this and run a responsible business. So certainly we are out there looking at different opportunities.”

(On being able to sign two Designated Players . . .) “We for sure want to run a disciplined and responsible business first and foremost because we want to be here for a lot of years. We want the stadium to be full for a lot of years and if we run a business that doesn’t allow us to do that, to do all of the things that keep the business functioning, then that’s not good for anyone. That said, with the ability, responsibly, to do that we certainly want to keep that cycle going where we bring more and better players in and keep our fans interested.”

(On how new Designated Player rule affects Blaise Nkufo signing . . .)
“We have a couple of mechanisms at our disposal to fit Nkufo under our budget. The DP possibility is one of them but we luckily don’t have to decide until summer until he actually goes on the roster to officially make that decision.”
(On success of Freddie Ljungberg . . .) “Freddie [Ljungberg] has been fantastic. He’s been amazing on the field. He has been great off the field. You can see on any given Saturday the quality he has out there and I know Freddie would love to have other players potentially from Europe out there with him. I think all of our guys would love the opportunity to continue to play with better and better teammates and ultimately lead to more wins and championships.”
(On using DP slot on current Sounders FC player . . .) “I think that that is certainly part of the thinking around the DP rule. We do want to keep good players in this league. [Fredy] Montero is a good one that you cite. Whether that ends up happening or not I can’t say at this point. I think optimally we would bring more quality players into the league and try to use it as little as possible to retain players but actually go out and add more good players to this league. But certainly we wouldn’t want to let players go either.”
(On possibility of having three Designated Players . . .) “Again, we have a good business. It’s a $250,000 charge to buy a DP. Certainly something that is conceivable.”


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