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Sounders Academy produces second pro as Jamael Cox signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies

Not every product from the Sounders Academy will sign with the team, but at least one more will be a professional soccer player after today's announcement.

Cox (left) is the second Sounders Academy player to make a pro roster
Cox (left) is the second Sounders Academy player to make a pro roster
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The star of the Seattle Sounders Academy system is clearly DeAndre Yedlin, but he is not the only talent coming through the system. Also on the Sounder at Heart potential HGP list was a midfielder out of Tacoma with a pro pedigree - Jamael Cox. Today he signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and will wear the same uniform as his brother, former MLSer Rafael Cox.

Jamael was once looked at by Glasgow Rangers and a few teams in Germany in 2012 but returned to Washington State and played with the Sounders U23s.

Cox shows a different path from the Academy. He was never signed by the Sounders so there is no transfer feee, no allocation money, but this is still a feather. His time here earned him a contract and while most of the players within the system would want to play for Seatttle Sounders FC playing as a pro is a huge goal. He helps show that the path to professionalism is not a straight line of Academy-College-U23-HGP contract.

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