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Damion Lowe signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Lowe had been with the Sounders since they drafted him in 2014, but never made a first team appearance.

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The Seattle Sounders have officially lost the second half of their 2014 MLS SuperDraft CB haul. Jimmy Ockford has already moved to Reno and now the Sounders 8th pick in 2014, Damion Lowe, is headed to another new USL side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The young Jamaican spent the last two years out on loan after failing to break into the 18 in 2014. He spent most of 2015 with Sounders 2, making 18 appearances, though he managed to make the bench once for the Sounders at MLS level. Lowe finally seemed to come into his own in 2016, when he had a successful loan spell with Minnesota United FC and received his first cap for the Jamaican National Team.

Lowe played 27 times in the NASL for the Loons and he seemed tapped to make the move with them to MLS but it appears he was not in Adrian Heath’s plans for the MLS iteration of the Minnesota based club.

The move to Tampa Bay brings the 23-year-old closer to his birthplace in Kingston, Jamaica and gives him a better chance at consistent minutes than he would likely get on the back half of an MLS roster.

The Sounders still have two young centerbacks on their roster and it is now clear that their developmental attentions will rest on 23-year-old Tony Alfaro and 22-year-old Brian Nana-Sinkam.