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July 4, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Schmid comments on the Hahnemann link to Seattle

After the game today Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked if Marcus Hahnemann was coming to Seattle. A report on ESPN.com certainly brought the issue to the forefront today, when New York Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler said: “As I understand, (Hahnemann is) on his way to Seattle.”

Here is Schmid’s response:

“It amazes me how people don’t know the rules of this league. OK, Marcus is a returning national-team player. So as a returning national-team player he has to go through allocation. So if you look at the allocation list, I think Chivas is No. 1 on it and I think we’re No. 8. [Ed note: I believe the Sounders are No. 7, but it doesn’t change his point] If you tell me all the other seven teams are going to pass on him, then I would say, ‘Yeah, Marcus Hahnemann is coming to Seattle.’ But I don’t think the other seven teams are going to pass.

You look at what D.C. United did to get (Troy) Perkins, where all of a sudden they thought they had an agreement and Perkins was going to go to D.C., and then Philadelphia said, ‘Oh, we’ll take him. Let’s work out a trade.’ They ended up having to give up allocation money, a first-round pick and a player. I think if you asked D.C. if they had to do it over again, would they do it? They would probably say no. Obviously when (Kasey) Keller came back we were No. 1 on the allocation list so it was an easy thing. For us, we would love to have Marcus. We would love to have him play in his hometown. I think he would love to play in his hometown. But the rules right now don’t allow it.”

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