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Nobody seems to understand MLS DP rules - Seattle Sounders' Hanauer

Nobody seems to understand MLS DP rules - Seattle Sounders' Hanauer Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer says despite the MLS rules for Designated Players being well-known in North America, other countries just don't seem to get it.

The Sounders continue to be linked with a number of potential DPs this summer but the fact that they already have three players (Obafemi Martins, Mauro Rosales and Shalrie Joseph) signed in that category would make it very difficult.

However, Hanauer did suggest that if the club can find somebody who suits then they would look at potentially making some roster alterations.

"The roster as it's currently formulated doesn't leave a lot of room for manoeuvring," he told reporters.

"That said, we're always looking to get stronger, and like a lot of other teams, we're in the situation where if we add something, something is going to have to go.

"The fact that we have three DPs hasn't seemed to stop the rumors as to adding two more to date, so I'm not sure it's really going to affect it as is - quite frankly because in many cases the agents in countries around the world are propagating these rumors.

"They don't really understand our rules, nor do the people in their countries reading these rumors. The objective is for them to get more money for their clients, wherever that might be in the world. So that's in a lot of cases the way these rumors starts, is an agent who really doesn't care about the MLS rules thinks it's a great way to get his client some more money, and you might as well throw it out there."

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Andrew Slevison
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