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Sounders sign Alex Roldan, Jordan McCrary to First Team contracts

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The moves shore up Seattle’s depth in the midfield and fullback positions.

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The Seattle Sounders have signed MLS SuperDraft pick Alex Roldan and trialist and former Toronto FC II player Jordan McCrary to contracts with the First Team, the Sounders announced today.

Seattle used the 22nd pick in the 2018 draft to nab Alex Roldan out of Seattle University. He is a player the Sounders know well, for obvious reasons, and he will provide a depth option to back up his brother, Cristian, and others in the midfield. Alex Roldan had several strong performances in preseason matches, including a goal and an assist.

“We are proud to welcome the next Roldan into the Sounders family. We were excited to draft Alex last month and, like his brother, we anticipate him being a positive addition to our club,” Sounders GM & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said.

The team had a long look at McCrary as a guest player over several weeks of practice and preseason matches, and apparently felt comfortable enough with the 24-year-old as a depth fullback to have dealt Oniel Fisher to DC United. McCrary had one assist in his preseason appearances, a looping cross from the right to Handwalla Bwana for a goal against the Tijuana U20s.

McCrary was picked 10th in the 2016 draft by the New England Revolution, but failed to find the field in MLS play that year. He did make one start for the Revs’ then-affiliate Rochester Rhinos in the USL. Moving to TFC II in 2017, McCrary found a starting role in defense, racking up 1,756 minutes over 26 appearances.

“Jordan has shown well during his trial with us throughout preseason and we believe gives us some quality depth at the fullback position,” Lagerwey said. “We are pleased to add both to our roster as we inch close to the start of the 2018 campaign.”

The two signings bring the Sounders roster to 25 players. Alex Roldan will wear number 16 and McCrary will sport the number 30.