Andy Rose may eventually choose to re-sign with the Seattle Sounders, but there's at least some competition for his services. The 25-year-old midfielder is currently on trial with League One side Coventry City, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said on Wednesday. Although the Sounders would retain Rose's MLS rights, he can sign with any team outside of MLS on a free transfer.
"We made a contract offer in April or May, he decided to play out his contract, his going on trial was almost inevitable at that point," Lagerwey said. "I think it was something he always wanted to do. We're happy for our players wherever they end up. Our door is open, either in the short term or long term."
Coventry City is currently second in League One, the third tier of the English football pyramid. Every year, the top two teams in the League One table -- as well as the winner of a playoff -- earn automatic promotion to the English Championship.
Surely helping Rose's case is that he does not need a work permit as he carries a United Kingdom passport. Although he was born in Australia, Rose's parents are British and he grew up in England. Rose also played for Bristol City's youth program before coming to the United States and playing four years at UCLA.
Losing Rose, especially for free, would be a blow to the Sounders. Rose was one of youngest players in the Sounders' regular rotation and logged a career high 1,618 minutes in league play. He also proved himself capable as a central midfielder, spelling Osvaldo Alonso for all three playoff games.