Here is the transcript of the opening of general manager Adrian Hanauer’s conference call today, which focused on the trade of Eddie Johnson to D.C. United for allocation money:
On the trade: “I can tell you that it was a large amount allocation money, which will help make some of the roster moves that either we have already made and will continue to make in thenot-too-distant future. This was for the most part one of those salary-cap-related transactions where it’s just a tough system to live in with lots of good players who want to make lots of money. We just thought that this was the best solution for us to manage the roster the way we need to manage it, and hopefully get us in a position to compete for a championship in 2014.
On if there were other issues that made a Sounders-Johnson separation desirable: It was mostly focused on salary cap. It was certainly reported, and there were some minor incidents, but minor incidents happen on every team with many players. A lot of times it doesn’t get reported. I know the speculation is going to be there were these other massive issues, but really when it came down to it, this was about getting our team balanced in a way from back to front that gives us the best chance of winning. Eddie obviously wanted to make more money, which sort of started this process down the patch that it’s gone. We’re happy for Eddie as well. … Hopefully he ends up in a better spot for him, and obviously we think this is a good move for us to get our overall roster in a better position as well.