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Sounders 2 unveils initial roster, returns nine

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S2 opens preseason with 10 players under contract, nine returning and one potential future HGP.

Sam Rogers celebrates after scoring his first professional goal
Sam Rogers celebrates after scoring his first professional goal
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As the Seattle Sounders open the preseason, we knew where S2 would play and when, just not who would be playing. Now we have the start of the roster that will lead the Rave Green at Cheney Stadium. S2 opens preseason with 10 players under contract with only one new addition.

S2 added Academy left back and two-year Akron player, Nick Hinds, to the roster for 2018. Joining him in the backline are returning S2 players Sam Rogers (former Academy signing), Rodrigue Ele, and Denso Ulysse.

In the midfield, the center pairing of Francisco Narbon and Ray Saari are returning for a second season in Rave Green, as well as Seattle’s youngest signing of 2017, Azriel Gonzalez.

Up top, S2 returns academy signings Shandon Hopeau and David Olsen, as well as Cameroonian striker Felix Chenkham.

The returning group combined for 153 starts in 2017. S2 will likely continue to look to add players, including this year’s draft picks, as they prepare for their first season in Tacoma.

Current S2 Roster

Defenders (4): Rodrigue Ele, Nick Hinds, Sam Rogers, Denso Ulysse

Midfielders (3): Azriel Gonzalez, Francisco Narbon, Ray Saari

Forwards (3): Felix Chenkam, Shandon Hopeau, David Olsen