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Sounders sign Rosales to multi-year deal

The man who made the Seattle Sounders FC offense go last season is going nowhere for the foreseeable future.

The Sounders on Tuesday announced a new multi-year contract with midfielder Mauro Rosales, who established a team record for assists in his first season in Seattle.

Per MLS and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

"We were always very confident of reaching an agreement," said Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer.

"There was a great deal of trust between ourselves and Mauro and (his agent) Dario Sala. They put their faith in us and we wanted to take care of Mauro. He has earned this contract through his outstanding play, his dedication to his craft and his commitment to this club, his fellow players and our coaches.”

Rosales, 30, established a Sounders record for assists in 2011 with 13, which ranked third in MLS. He also scored five goals.

Rosales was a landslide winner for MLS Newcomer of the Year. The Sounders finished second to the L.A. Galaxy for the league's best record and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

"I really am enjoying being here with the guys, with the team, with the people and the city," said Rosales in a press release.

The Sounders lost just three times when Rosales started, going 13-3-6 in his 22 starts. Seattle went 10-1-2 when Rosales scored or assisted.

"Mauro was a huge impact on our team last year," said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid in a press release. "He played well and made others better with his service and use of the ball. We are pleased to have him back as a Sounder."

Rosales signed with Sounders FC on March 18 after playing from 2007-2010 for Buenos Aires giants River Plate. He has played nearly 400 matches for River Plate, Ajax and Newell's Old Boys, and has been capped 10 times by the Argentina National Team, winning the Olympic gold medal in 2004, the 2001 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2004 Copa America runners-up.

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