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July 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on negotiations with Christian Tiffert: “Nothing is absolutely finalized.”

As previously noted on the blog, reports are abound that the Sounders have signed German midfielder Christian Tiffert as a designated player. Seattle, of course, already has the maximum of three DPs on the roster right now and all three (Fredy Montero, Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez) were at training Friday before the team’s road game Saturday in Colorado.

Coach Sigi Schmid held a post-practice interview with the media and here is the Tiffert portion of the conversation:

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(What can you tell us about reports you’ve signed Christian Tiffert?) “Probably nothing, because nothing’s finalized at this stage. It’s an advanced negotiation… but nothing is absolutely finalized. Until everything is done, there’s really nothing to say.”

(MLS rules state you can only have three DPs at a time, but is there any way to add a DP to this team without getting rid of one the three you already have?) “You’re only allowed three DPs on a team.”

(GM Adrian Hanauer said before the year that Mauro Rosales could possibly have been bought down to below a DP salary-cap hit. Is that, for example, something that could be done now?) “I know those are options that have been looked into, continue to be looked into, but the basic rule is you can only have three DPs at a time, so that’s what we’re working with right.”

(Are all three of your DPs going to travel to Colorado?) “Can’t really tell you that.”

(So you’ve looked into adding a DP without getting rid of one?) “We have looked into that, but it doesn’t look like that is going to be feasible.”

(Is Fernandez making the trip?) “I can’t answer on any of the three. There are obviously three DPs, so we can go through each one and I’ll say, ‘I can’t answer,’ on each one.”

(There go my next two questions….) “(laughs) Trying to save us all some time.”

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