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January 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Majority owner Joe Roth stops by practice

roth mug.jpgSounders FC majority owner Joe Roth came to town for a quarterly business meeting Tuesday, to “go sit in an office for four hours” as he put it. He also made sure to check out training during a rainy morning session at Starfire.

He came away impressed.

“We get better every year,” said Roth, “and I can tell this year that we have the depth to get better. I still think we have the best midfield in the league as it is. There will be some real competition for those spots.”

Roth said the Sounders were more aggressive in the offseason than years past, with nine players gone from the 2011 squad. He liked the moves to acquire Christian Sivebaek and Adam Johansson, and also noted that Cordell Cato “looks pretty good.”

And when asked if he was getting impatient with the team’s disappointing playoff record, Roth said: “No. We do get better (each season); it’s hard to complain. … I think we’ll have a good run this year. I do. I like our depth, a lot.”

Things are also going well leaguewide, really since Toronto joined in 2007, according to Roth.

“There’s no question about it,” he said. “… It feels like it’s all going in the right direction.”

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. When asked about what changes he’d like to see in MLS, Roth quipped: “There are so many things I’d like to see done you don’t have enough tape in your recorder, but the league knows that.”

He’d like to see the salary cap go up. He’d also like to see a team be able to keep its core together — due to salary-cap restraints, the Sounders will be hard-pressed to bring everyone back in 2013.

“When I was growing up in New York, you never saw players traded,” Roth said. “Players played an entire generation for the Yankees, the Dodgers, the football Giants. I think that’s a missing component in today’s sports, where you can’t keep track of where the players are going.”

Roth would also like to see the MLS television product improved, which would hopefully result in better ratings. He mentioned a particular fondness for English Premier League broadcasts.

“I watch the EPL and I watch Queens Park Rangers and I think, ‘Why can’t we show a game like that?” Roth said.

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