Whatever pipeline that exists between S2 and the Seattle Sounders will continue to be tapped in 2017, as GM Garth Lagerwey said three more players will at least be in preseason training.
“I’m actually really excited about our depth,” Lagerwey said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. “[Oniel] Fisher is a good younger player, [Tyler] Miller, [Tony] Alfaro. We’re going to convert a guy from S2, Nouhou Tolo, to back up [Joevin] Jones at left back. We have young kids who will push them. That’s the right combination going forward.“
Tolo is a 19-year-old Cameroonian, who had a strong year after joining S2 from Rainbow FC.
Lagerwey later mentioned that both Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers have been invited to join the Sounders during preseason.
“One of the players that has been invited to preseason was Jordy Delem from S2, he's a No. 6 long term. Someone who can fill in behind Ozzie. He has to prove it in camp. That's consistent with what we said. We're going to push guys through the pipeline. Zach Mathers will be a preseason invite.”
Delem is a Martinique international who joined S2 this season after a short spell in the French fourth division. His main success with S2 came when he played CB late in the season after struggling to perform as a defensive midfielder.
Mathers has already seen time with the first team during the U.S. Open Cup but will look to earn a long term contract.