Sounders signing Kelyn Rowe wanting to seize alternative in Seattle homecoming

This had been an extended time coming for Kelyn Rowe.

The longtime New England Revolution midfielder had been talked about as a possible signing for the Seattle Sounders for years due to his native roots rising up within the Seattle suburb of Federal Method. The Revs took him third general within the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, the place Rowe settled in and wound up making 206 appearances throughout seven seasons, which meant the homecoming must wait.

However after transient stints with Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City and back with New England once more, the Sounders lastly made Rowe’s return to his hometown official after they introduced his signing in a Friday launch.

“I’ve needed to play right here for an extended time,” Rowe informed reporters on a video name shortly after the announcement. “It helps that I get to come home and play for one of many best teams within the league. Not everybody can say that after they go play for his or her hometown membership. So I am very excited to impression this membership as a lot as I can.

“I just all the time needed to come and play in entrance of my household and friends, whichever method it could possibly be. If it was 5 years in the past or 5 years down the street, I needed it to occur. However I did not need to just have one year right here and retire or one or two. I needed to have a complete career right here in Seattle in entrance of my household, in entrance of my friends, the people who I grew up enjoying with. So it wasn’t just one or two years that it was hopefully many extra.”

Rowe turns into the most recent on the list of Sounders players from the Seattle space, a list that features DeAndre Yedlin, Lamar Neagle and the lately loaned Jordan Morris. However his signing is not just for symbolism or a feel-good story.

The Sounders are going to wish Rowe this year coming off an offseason that noticed them lose key contributors all over the field in Morris, Gustav Svensson and Kelvin Leerdam. Rowe said he prides himself on his versatility, as he is played as a large attacker in his career, however has additionally slotted in all over the midfield and at the same time as a fullback. It stays to be seen the place head coach Brian Schmetzer chooses to deploy him in 2021, however Rowe figures to be in line for loads of minutes.

“Expectations are one factor, actuality is one other,” he said. “My expectation is to battle for a spot, that must be each player’s expectation, is to battle for a spot each week, week in and week out. We have numerous young talent coming on this team. Clearly the lack of Jordan and a couple of different guys has opened up a couple of spots, so we plan on doing that, however I have been a utility player for many of my career. As a young child I used to be not happy about it, I needed to be solidified in a single spot, however as I’ve gotten older and wiser in some methods, I believe a utility player, no matter I can do to get on the field, I am happy with.”

Rowe said he is maintained a close reference to the town all through his career, coming home over vacation breaks to spend time together with his household and prepare throughout the offseason. He additionally adopted intently because the Sounders have turn into one of many league’s most dominant golf equipment within the last 5 years, making it to 4 MLS Cup finals and winning two of them.

Whereas he loved watching that success from afar, Rowe said he additionally could not shake the sensation that it was one thing that he needed to be part of himself. Now, he is obtained that chance.

“I believe probably the most satisfaction I’ve felt on this metropolis, one was watching the Seahawks win the Tremendous Bowl, but in addition watching the Sounders win [MLS Cup],” Rowe said. “One of many years they gained it I used to be in Washington watching the sport with some buddies and they gained it. It was hard to talk, I used to be nearly in tears, I felt a lot satisfaction. However it was additionally bittersweet as a result of I needed to be part of that team. It is my hometown team. So the truth that I will that now, I hope we will make it that far and win one thing whereas I am right here.”

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