Seattle Sounders signing Swedes more coincidence than design says Hanauer

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer says that the club’s decision to sign a third Swedish player in three years is merely coincidence.

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer says that the club’s decision to sign a third Swedish player in three years is merely coincidence.

The Sounders brought in defender Adam Johansson from IFK Goteborg this off-season, following the departure of Erik Friberg, and after the stint of Freddie Ljungberg in 2010, but Hanauer has revealed it is not by design.

“I think it's coincidence. We have limited resources to scout; we just can't go everywhere in the world,” he told the Seattle Times.

“We've spent a decent amount of time in Scandinavia recently and I think that happens. You see in Portland, you start to build some momentum and some core competency in certain markets, and it certainly then leads to more opportunities in those markets. But it's not necessarily something where we're wed to or focused on or planning long term."

 
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