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Hanauer: FIFA's rating change doesn't change Sounders' desire for new surface

After testing, FIFA has upgraded the CenturyLink Field FieldTurf surface back up to two-star level, indicating that it is up to professional standards.

However, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer reconfirmed the club's hope that the stadium will replace the turf at this season, it's third season of use.

"From our standpoint we still feel as though the turf for soccer is ready to be changed," Hanauer said. "The FIFA rating is one more piece of data, one more piece of information that gets thrown into the conversation. But we will continue to communicate with the Seahawks, First & Goal, and we’re hopeful that we can still come to a conclusion that’s good for soccer. But it’s still a work in progress."

On the process of making that happen: We’re a tenant in the building. We like to think that we’re a pretty important tenant in the building, but we also understand that we are a tenant and that the Seahawks are a bigger tenant that probably have more priority. We’re realistic. As far as the process, we will continue to communicate with various people in the organization, but I can’t comment on how their process will work in terms of how they will think it through and make a decision.

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