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July 12, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Chatting about Freddie Ljungberg, DPs and much more (Q&A with Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer)

(On the team being open to Ljungberg leaving) “I think I’ve always been open to say, ‘Hey look. Whether it’s right now, a month from now, three months from now, whenever, we’re always to looking to make our team stronger.’ We take phone calls, we make phone calls. I wasn’t singling out Ljunbgerg. Players come and go… It’s just a ‘business as usual’ approach.”

(On Ljungberg future on the downtick) “I would say it’s a little more tenuous than it was a year ago. This is a big transfer window, especially for European teams. And this doesn’t necessarily only apply to Ljungberg. With Fredy Montero, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani, we have a bunch of young talented players, and there’s going to be interest, especially as clubs over there are preparing for their upcoming season.”

(On deciding about the future of your DP) “In fairness to Freddie, he’s got a amazing background. And he wants to know a little bit more about his future than we’re normally in the process of providing. I think there’s a bit of a culture clash there. (Negotiating contracts at the end of the season) is how we do it. In Europe and the rest of world, it’s different.”

(Or everyone being in doubt) “We’re not actively renegotiating deals, until we know we’ve got it right.”

(Speaking of DPs, is Nkufo going to be one?) “Again, the decision will be made the moment he goes on the roster. All signs point that way; it’s almost certain that that will be the case. There is a certain scenario under which we could use allocation money for him to be not a DP. But he’s almost certainly going to be. It’s just not 100-percent.”

(On the possibility of a 3rd DP?) “We’re open to it. Obviously we have some cap and roster-size challenges, but certainly that is plausible.”

(On the World Cup scouting trip paying off) “It was positive. We have short-terms needs, but we’re in this for the long haul. Sometimes a scouting trip won’t pay dividends for one or two, maybe even five years. Those relationships built help you down the line. By August 15 (the end of the transfer window), we’ll see if it paid off in the short term.”

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