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November 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Sounders FC release on the news with Hanauer statement

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This in from the team:

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Sounders FC Announces Protected Players for 2010 MLS Expansion Draft

Portland, Vancouver to Select from Unprotected Players on Wednesday, Nov. 24

RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC has submitted the list of protected players for the 2010 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft, to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. ET. The League’s 17th and 18th teams, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, will begin to take shape following the 10-round draft.

“Expansion is good for our league but the expansion draft is a tense and emotional time for the club and the players,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “Unfortunately, we may lose one or two members of the Sounders family on Wednesday. Once the draft is complete, we will make the best of it and move forward, strengthening our team with the aim of winning championships.”

Sounders FC will not lose more than two players, and may protect an additional player once one is taken in the draft. Wednesday’s draft will be conducted via conference call and streamed on MLSsoccer.com.

At the conclusion of the Expansion Draft teams may resume trading. The Expansion Draft details are listed below:

Protected Players

Osvaldo Alonso

Brad Evans

Alvaro Fernandez

Mike Fucito

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

Nate Jaqua

Kasey Keller

Fredy Montero

Jeff Parke

James Riley

Steve Zakuani

Unprotected Players

Julien Baudet

Terry Boss

Danny Earls

David Estrada

Leo Gonzalez

Taylor Graham

Patrick Ianni

Roger Levesque

Tyrone Marshall

Miguel MontaƱo

Blaise Nkufo

Pat Noonan

Sanna Nyassi

Zach Scott

Michael Seamon

Nathan Sturgis

Tyson Wahl

Expansion Draft Rules (as provided by MLS Communications Department):

— MLS Clubs may protect 11 players between their Senior and their Developmental Roster. If the Player’s contract expires at the end of 2010, he will still be considered part of the Club’s Senior Roster.

— If a Club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years.

— If a player retires, he will not be a part of the Senior Roster, but his Club will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.

— Players on a Club’s Developmental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season or Home Grown Players on a Club’s developmental roster, will be part of the expansion draft.

— Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season and Home Grown Players on a Club’s developmental roster at the end of the 2010 MLS Season are automatically protected (Clubs do not have to use a protected slot on them).

— If Vancouver/Portland select a Developmental Player, it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must be on the Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.

— Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a Club has three or fewer international players it may make available not more than one.

— For purposes of this expansion process,

For US-based Clubs — any non-domestic US player (players that do not hold U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International

For Toronto FC — any non-domestic US player or non-domestic Canadian players (players that do not hold Canadian OR U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International.

— Designated players are NOT automatically protected (i.e., Clubs must choose whether to protect such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available for selection in the Expansion Draft). However, if the Designated Player has a no-trade clause in his contract, then his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.

Maximum Player Loss: Once two (2) players have been claimed from a Club’s non-protected roster, that Club is eliminated from the expansion draft and may not lose any further players. In addition, once a player has been claimed from a Club’s non-protected roster, that Club may move a player from its non-protected roster to its protected roster.

Right to Negotiate: Vancouver and Portland will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous Club a right of first refusal.

Priority: On the first day of the Discovery/Allocation Period, each of Vancouver and Portland will have priority over players on its USL roster and one additional player in the USL not on its roster, subject to another MLS Club’s right of first refusal.

Rounds: The expansion draft will be 10 rounds.

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