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May 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC’s Adrian Hanauer, owner and general manager

(Q: This Parke move seemed to come out of the blue a little bit since he left about six weeks ago. How did this deal get done now after about a year and a half of trying?)

“We always stayed in touch with Jeff and his representatives, and always made it clear to Jeff that we wanted him here and there was an offer sitting there. He went back to Europe, and if things didn’t work out in Europe, and if he was still interested in coming back to the U.S. and MLS — at least until there wasn’t an offer on the table — there was an offer on the table.”

(Q: So that interest in signing him never left?)

“Jeff is a good player. And we’re always looking to sign good players. Obviously it wasn’t the most direct route to getting him on board, but I tend not to be too emotional about these types of issues. People have to chose what they want in their lives. Sometimes timing is the key to making things happen in this regard. So we’re just happy to have him.”

(Q: The press release mentioned having to get something done regarding his International Transfer Certificate. Has that been taking care of?)

“That’s done. He’s good to go. We had to get that from Canada, because the last team he was playing for was the Vancouver Whitecaps and then he was just on trial after that.”

(Q: I think most of us assumed this, but does he take the open spot on the roster with Fucito’s move to IR?)

“Yeah, we had a spot available.”

(Q: With a full roster, what it is going to be like trying to get Michael Seamon in the mix?)

“We’ll take it one step at a time. I think Michael needs to get his legs back a little bit. Get into the group. Earn that contract. We have flexibility with players going on and off the injured reserve list and that’s where there’s potential to get Michael on board. But for now, we want him in here and we want to take a look for a little bit.”


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