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March 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Exploring DP options? (Tuesday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer chatted with Goal.com recently and designated players were the main topic. He confirmed some things that most of us have known already — particularly that the team has interest in Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olic, first revealed by the same reporter, but there aren’t any ongoing negotiations.

Hanauer also reiterated that Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez draw the most interest from European teams and would be the top targets for a summer move. As such, the Sounders are looking at potential DP options to fill their place in the event of a transfer.

“I think it’s impossible to say no [to a big offer],” Hanauer told Goal.com.

Also adding in the report, “We love having Alvaro and Freddy [sic] and I think they are a part of what makes us successful. We will be extremely choosy and protective of letting those players go without a plan for our franchise.”

What do you think of the possibility of big-name additions and subtractions in the summer?

Here are some other links:

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— Sounders FC’s hat-trick hero from Saturday, David Estrada, continues to be a popular guy. On Monday, he was on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio, where he said Eddie Johnson has been one of his biggest fans, and also KJR 950-AM.

— Coach Sigi Schmid was also on KJR earlier in the day and chatted about friendlies among other things.

— Here’s an interview with new broadcaster Ross Fletcher.

— The Chicago Fire are open to spending big money for a DP and here’s an update on Michael Ballack.

ESPN.com has a long chat with U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and there’s some interesting stuff there on Landon Donovan.

— Cal State Bakersfield will join the Pac-12 for men’s soccer in 2013.

— Here’s an hour-long video of Sounders FC part owner Drew Carey at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Here’s a story from that event.

— If that’s too long, here’s a shorter clip from SoundersFC.com:

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