Damion Lowe is set to miss the Seattle Sounders' opening match, as the 21-year-old defender has been called into Jamaica's U-23 Men's National Team camp for their upcoming friendly against Cayman Islands on Sunday March 8th. This will be Lowe's first time representing Jamaica since the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
The camp is being viewed as a precursor to Jamaica's preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, a competition which requires teams to field U-23 teams with three over-age players allowed on the roster, so this call-up would bode well for Lowe's chances on going to the Olympics should Jamaica qualify. Lowe is one of only two MLS players called up to the Jamaica camp, the other being rookie forward Romario Williams of the Montreal Impact.
Lowe, the Sounders 2014 first-round draft pick, missed a majority of last season due to a hip injury. With the uncertainty surrounding MLS roster size following the CBA agreement, it's unknown whether Lowe will see more time with the first team or as a loanee with S2. Lowe's chances at first team minutes are increased this season with the Sounders inclusion in the CONCACAF Champions League and of course from the US Open Cup, of which the Sounders should play approximately five games this season.