"We believe Sigi is the best coach in Major League Soccer and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue contract negotiations with him," said Adrian Hanauer, general manager of Sounders FC.
"There were never any improprieties and the league's statement confirms this. There was some language in his contract that was ambiguous, but rather than going through a long, drawn-out process we came to an agreement."
Meanwhile, forward Nate Jaqua, one of the team's 10 expansion draft picks, spent Friday in town for a visit. Jaqua, who is already under contract, met with Sounders FC executives and watched Seahawks practice at Renton headquarters.