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Pablo Rossi still unsigned, but Sounders praise his 'very high ceiling'

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Pablo Rossi was not among the first batch of players to sign with Seattle Sounders FC 2, but we probably shouldn't read too much into that. S2 head coach Ezra Hendrickson heaped praise upon the 22-year-old Argentinian, whose signing may be complicated by his international status.

"Rossi is a very good player and there's a reason why he's here," Hendrickson said shortly after Duncan McCormick and Amadou Sanyang were announced as S2's first official signings. "We saw him in Vegas at the combine and we thought this kid is pretty good. He's come out and he's shown that he can play. That's the kind of players we want in our organization: young players with high ceilings, and he has a very high ceiling."

Rossi was among a handful of S2 players who started training camp with the full Sounders team, but was ultimately left behind when they went to Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup. Since then, Rossi has impressed with S2, scoring free kicks in two scrimmages and showcasing some deft passing in the other.

"I thought his last game [against the University of Washington] was probably his best game," Hendrickson said. "Last Saturday he comes on in 10 minutes and scores a world class free kick. He has that kind of special quality that every team needs, that player who can change the game on a free kick or just with a pass or a goal from the run of play. We're happy to have him and look forward to great things from him this year."