Sounders FC is tending to matters on and off the pitch as the club’s fourth season draws near.
General manager Adrian Hanauer said Friday that midfielder Mauro Rosales, who signed a new contract over the off-season, will go into the books as the club’s third designated player, joining Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez.
Designated players carry salaries that can extend beyond the team salary cap.
Hanauer also said the club is nearing a decision on the status of forward O’Brian White, who missed most of last season with blood clots in his left leg. White hasn’t been able to join his teammates in training this preseason, and it is unclear if or when he will be able to.
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The Sounders also announced the signing of goalkeeper Andrew Weber, giving coach Sigi Schmid the veteran reserve he has said he wants.
Weber, 28, has been training with the Sounders throughout camp. He played three seasons with San Jose after starting his MLS career in 2005 with DC United. He also has played with Montreal in the USL.
“Andrew adds a goalkeeper who has had Champions League experience with Montreal and who has been in MLS for the last few years,” Schmid said in a Sounders news release. “Obviously our goalkeeping situation has changed dramatically from last year with Kasey Keller retiring and Terry Boss having to retire (due to concussions). We are happy with our goalkeepers, and adding Andrew Weber gives another capable keeper.”
Weber is expected to play behind starter Michael Gspurning.
Weber also is a contestant in this season’s “Amazing Race” reality TV series.
Hanauer confirmed the club is considering opening all seating areas of CenturyLink Field for the Cascadia Cup matches against Vancouver (Aug. 18) and Portland (Oct. 7). … The Sounders are off today. They will return to training Sunday in preparation for their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal home match against Santos Laguna at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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