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March 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Is Mauro Rosales this season’s captain? It sure looks like it

rosales jaguares.jpgPhoto credit: Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times

I think Sigi Schmid is getting tired of me asking about the team captaincy, which I get. The Sounders don’t want make a big deal about who wears the armband; leadership will be a shared responsibility.

I think that point has been made well (here’s a story from last week on the subject) and it’s one that carries a lot of weight.

Having said that, I’ve heard from many Sounders fans who just want some resolution on the issue. So when Mauro Rosales was designated as Seattle’s captain for Wednesday’s preseason game against Jaguares, I asked afterward if he’d been given the armband for good.

“He was our captain tonight,” Schmid said sarcastically.

That was followed up with a chuckle that had hints of frustration, and then another quip — “You guys like that captain thing.” — before some more explanation.

“I think we have five or six leaders on this team and Mauro is wearing the armband,” Schmid said, “but there are different guys that can step up and lead and we want different guys to (speak up). But Mauro, certainly he’ll be captain next week, as well.”

It wasn’t a definitive “yes”, but reading between the lines it might be as close to confirmation that we get.

In the context of the team having multiple leaders, I asked Rosales about wearing the captain’s armband Wednesday in the locker room after the 2-0 win.

“Like you said, we have many leaders on the team and I’m not more important than them,” he told me. “I’m proud to have the armband for the Sounders and I will try to do my best to give the team the best of what I have. But I think many players here deserve to have the armband — I know that. And the most important thing is the Sounders.”

Rosales, 31, said he’s served as captain before with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina and also with the national team, but downplayed the significance of the title.

“I think you have to show by example, not just because you have something on your arm,” he said.

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