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Mauro Rosales, Alvaro Fernandez Receive Green Cards

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Mauro Rosales (pictured) and Alvaro Fernandez receive US Green Cards. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Mauro Rosales (pictured) and Alvaro Fernandez receive US Green Cards. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Adrian Hanauer's international roster slot math gets easier today as two of Seattle Sounders FC's Designated Players receive their U.S. Green Cards per team release. This grants them legal permanent residency status in the United States and also means that per MLS rules they no longer count as "internationals."

Still occupying international slots are Cordell Cato, Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Amadou Sanyang (yes, he's still on the roster), Christian Sivebaek, and Michael Tetteh and O'Brian White (who's future with the club will be decided soon - and already has his Green Card). This leaves the Sounders with two open international slots. This will help their flexibility in potentially adding a player in the future and in lineup selection for the US Open Cup.

The team and it's players have a history of collecting the necessary legal paperwork and quickly receiving Green Cards, most notably Blaise Nkufo getting his in only a few months. While this may be an indication that a player intends to stay in Seattle for a significant period of time it certainly is not a guarantee.