Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer met with the media today to discuss his now-frozen roster heading in the stretch of the MLS regular season and almost certainly into the playoffs.
"You always wish you could do more," he said. "We want to be the strongest team possible, but in the end it’s a salary cap league and there was really only one move we could make in the end, and we’re happy to have gotten Marcus. (He) adds again more strength, more depth to an already-strong roster."
He was asked how much of that signing was the sentiment of bringing home an local guy and former A-League Sounder, and how much was a pure soccer decision.
"I would say it was all soccer," he said. "We wouldn’t have done it for sentiment. We think he’s still got good goalkeeping in him. It’s always an added bonus if there’s a little bit of sentiment in there as well, but we’re in the business of winning championships. And as much as I love Marcus – he’s a great guy, and I glad to have him – if he couldn’t do the business we wouldn’t have signed him."