It’s not often that a USL player represents one of CONCACAF’s better nations, but recent Seattle Sounders 2 signing Francisco Narbon does just that. While in college the defensive mid made two appearances with the full Panama side. Narbon and David Olsen are S2’s latest signings, taking the USL roster to 12 players; 14 Academy players are also eligible to play for S2. The First Team can also loan players down for experience too.
Just over a month ago Olsen left Seattle U to pursue his dreams of earning a pro contract. The HGP eligible forward/winger will again don Rave Green after coming through the Sounders Academy and the U23s.
Narbon previously played with FC Cincinatti, James Madison University and Chepo FC in Panama. He is a regular with Panama’s U23, U20 and U17 teams.
S2 now has five players signed to USL contracts that represented their nation at the U20 level, three former Academy players, a returning player (Irvin Parra), a draftee (Nana-Sinkam) and two undrafted college talents.
Ethan Lotenaro joined the Academy after trying out for S2. Lotenaro previously played for C.F. Belenenses in Portugal. He is one of 14 Academy talents listed as eligible during the S2 season.
"S2 continues to provide a pathway to the professional levels of our organization, and we are so pleased for these Academy players that now have this opportunity before them," said Sounders FC Academy Director Marc Nicholls said via press release. "Each year we continue to strengthen this process, further solidifying the connection between our club's Academy, USL side and First Team."
Between S2 and the First Team a total of eight players started their Seattle Sounders time with the Academy.
Academy players eligible for S2
Goalkeepers: Sam Fowler and Trey Muse
Defenders: Joe Hafferty (RB), Ethan Lotenaro (RB), Jake “With The Good Hair” Morris (LB/CB), Jackson Ragen (CB)
Midfielders: Georg Armstrong (CM/CDM), Jamie Dimitroff (CM/CAM), Sam Rogers (CDM/CB), Kei Tomozawa (CM/LM)
Forwards: Milo Barton, Azriel Gonzalez (F/LM/RM), Paul Rothrock (F/RW), Stirling Russell (F/RW/RB/LB)
Sounders 2 take on Sacramento Republic on Sunday, 26 March at 2 PM. The match will be streamed at SoundersFC.com