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March 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Mauro Rosales officially signed, will wear No. 10

rosales mug.jpgIn a move that has been expected for a while, Sounders FC signed Argentine midfielder Mauro Rosales, the team announced Friday. As is usual, terms were not disclosed, but considering the 30-year-old’s experience with his national team and clubs like River Plate and Ajax, it’s safe to say he’ll be reasonably compensated.

Rosales has represented Argentina in the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2001 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2004 Copa America.

“Mauro brings a lot of experience to our team,” said Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC coach, in a news release. “He’s a playmaking type of midfielder with good quickness and clever passing. We’re excited to have him join our team.”

In true playmaker fashion, Rosales will wearing the No. 10 jersey, formerly of Freddie Ljungberg.

Rosales, who joined the team February in Florida, scored 39 goals in 234 games with Newell’s Old Boys, Ajax and River Plate.

“I am very excited to start playing for the Sounders,” said Rosales in the release. “This is a great opportunity, to play in this league and for one of the biggest teams in the USA. I’m especially happy to be joining such fantastic players and staff and such a great organization.”

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