October 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Mauro Rosales eyes two more years in Seattle; Sounders would ‘love to have him back.’
The final month of the MLS regular season is suddenly upon us. As such, some Sounders FC contracts are nearing an end.
One of those belongs to captain Mauro Rosales, who signed a two-year deal before the 2012 season that made him a designated player. The 32-year-old Argentine is hoping this isn’t the end of his run in Seattle, though.
Rosales is hoping to stay with the Sounders for another two years, according to an update from his agent, Dario Sala, this week.
The midfielder, whose 34 assists are tied for a franchise record, confirmed as much after Thursday’s practice.
“Of course,” Rosales said. “I want to stay in the country and in MLS for a few more years, yeah. I wish I can stay here. We will see.”
Obviously there are two sides needed to make a deal, and the Sounders always face a tricky matter of fitting within the league’s salary cap. One would think Rosales would have to agree to a deal that would remove his DP status in order for something to get worked out; a number of teammates, for example, could be in line for offseason raises (Eddie Johnson, Lamar Neagle, and even Osvaldo Alonso, who in the opinion of ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman will eventually be a DP).
The Sounders, for their part, also sound willing to get something done.
“Mauro has been a fantastic player on our team for 3 years now, and we would love to have him back in future years,” said Adrian Hanauer, general manager and part owner, in an email. “At the end of the season, we will sit down with Mauro and his agent, and try to work something out.”
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