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Highlights from Sounders' media day

Sounders' media day has concluded. A few highlights:

Garth Lagerwey and others stressed how important CONCACAF Champions League is to the club this season. However, coach Sigi Schmid wasn't quite willing to say that Open Cup or Supporters' Shield aren't as important this season. And Brad Evans went out of his way to express pride in the trophies already won, and that he wouldn't trade the lot of them -- maybe one, but not the lot of them -- for even an MLS Cup.

The rules regulation the MLS first team with USL S2 are coming clearer, but don't seem settled or at least fully known yet.

Very little was said about the recent CBA, other than generalities that players and management are happy to be back playing soccer. (Evans, however, did insert one zinger. When Lagerwey was explaining his decision to leave Real Salt Lake for Seattle, Evans said: "Free agent?")

Minority owner Adrian Hanauer noted that CenturyLink capacity will be raised to between 39,000-40,000 this season and the club hopes to set another attendance record. He said the club is negotiating toward a lease extension at CenturyLink, but nothing competed. And he said that lease will include language regulating how often the turf in replaced.

More to come.

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