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Sounders GM says third-year of this FieldTurf was compromise with Seahawks, who like harder surface

Part of today’s conversation with Sounders’ general manager Adrian Hanauer inevitably involved the decision to play a third MLS season on the existing turf, a decision that recently revived when Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen indicated that the poor quality of the turf could affect his lineup decisions on Satuday.

“I think (Toronto doesn’t) know, don’t really have any reason to have any expertise on our turf,” Hanauer said. “I agree with Sigi that turf is not preferable to anyone. But the reality is that we are partners with the Seahawks and we follow their lead in terms of

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FIFA gives thumbs up to CenturyLink turf

This just in from the club(s):

The Seahawks and Sounders FC announced today the new FieldTurf Revolution surface installed in February at CenturyLink Field has received a FIFA 2-Star rating.

“The new field has met all our expectations,” said Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI president Peter McLoughlin. “The FIFA 2-Star rating validates the overall quality of the playing surface.”

The FIFA certification process is conducted by an accredited laboratory and includes measurements to gauge shock absorption, foot stability, rotational resistance, linear friction and ball-to-surface interaction, among other items.

“The new turf field is a big plus for us from the standpoint that it’s going to play much truer to grass. It slows the ball down at times, which is important for a team like us that likes to keep possession,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “There’s more bounce to it and more give. It’s a spongier surface so it plays a lot better than it did last year.”

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