Late this season Mauro Rosales went from having a pedestrian season to one that is pretty good. His defensive efforts shifted and his service returned to exactly what is expected from the captain of the squad. The player indicated, both through his agent and his own statements to Joshua Mayers, that he wants a new contract going out another two years or so.
"Of course," Rosales said. "I want to stay in the country and in MLS for a few more years, yeah. I wish I can stay here. We will see."
This offseason already involves the mathematics of keeping Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, as well as other issues that are not yet apparent. While Osvaldo Alonso is under contract next year it would surprise no one if he got a larger deal as well. Retention Money can help keep the squad together, but the impending salary cap issues (Clint Dempsey at a full DP hit) will again stress Adrian Hanauer's roster calculus.
One thing that last offseason should have taught everyone is that Allocation Money given for qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League is one of the rare ways to keep a good squad together. Allocation from other sources must be pursued as well if Seattle is to push for success in back-to-back years.