Kelyn Rowe has made 250 MLS appearances. (Photo courtesy of Sounders FC)
SEATTLE, WASH. – Kelyn Rowe is coming home.
Sounders FC Friday announced that it has signed the veteran midfielder.
The 29-year-old joins Seattle after nine seasons in Major League Soccer, including eight with the New England Revolution.
The Federal Way, Wash. native has made 252 career MLS appearances (including postseason play), recording 30 goals and 44 assists. The signing of Rowe brings Sounders FC’s roster to 22 players ahead of the 2021 campaign.
“We are excited to bring a local product and proven MLS veteran in Kelyn to the club,” Sounders FC general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “He’s been a strong player in our league for close to a decade, and I look forward to seeing how he can help us win this season.”
Rowe was selected third overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by New England, where he played the first seven seasons of his career. He ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in several categories.
He spent the 2019 season with Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake before returning to New England last season, starting 10 of 16 appearances.
Rowe has 240 career regular-season appearances (179 starts), with 29 goals and 42 assists, in addition to 12 appearances, one goal and two assists in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Off the field, He was named the Revolution’s humanitarian of the year in four consecutive seasons (2014-2017) for his commitment to numerous philanthropic causes, including fighting childhood cancer.
A native of the Seattle area and a Federal Way High School graduate, Rowe started two seasons at UCLA, earning Pac-10 freshman of the year in 2010 and Pac-10 player of the year in 2011. He also has four caps for the U.S. men’s national team, including three appearances after being called-up for the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup. In that competition, the 5-8, 150-lb. Rowe recorded one goal and one assist. He also has represented the United States at the Under-23, U-20 and U-18 levels.