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November 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Rosales hopeful of finalizing contract extension next week

rosales mug.jpgSounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales was in street clothes in a despondent home locker-room after Wednesday’s series defeat at CenturyLink Field. Reporters got to catch up with the 30-year-old Argentine, who wasn’t able to play due to a knee sprain, to get his thoughts on the game, the season and the prospects of coming back in 2012.

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(On the game…) “I just want to say that the guys did an excellent job in this game. I’ve very proud of what I saw today. It was a pity that we couldn’t score the third goal, but we did an excellent job during the year. We had a good season and played three tournaments at a time. … I think we have to be proud of how we did this year.”

(Any chance you were going to play tonight?) “No. Chances were always there in my mind, but the problem is that I have a very sharp pain in my knee still. I was recovering very fast, differently than the last one, but (physically) I was not there.”

(GM Adrian Hanauer has expressed confidence you’ll be back next year. Do you feel you’ll be here in 2012?) “Yeah, I hope for the same. I think next week we’re going to finish everything so I can be here. I’m very confident that everything’s going to work out.”

(When did you realize you weren’t going to be able to play today?) “The day before the game. The day before the game I tried very hard (to do a few things) to try and help the team in the game, but I was not ready. I really tried. I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t get my wish because I was very excited waiting for the opportunity to play in the playoffs, at least one game.”

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