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Rose leaves Seattle for English club

Midfielder Andy Rose, seen dribbling the ball in the playoffs against FC Dallas, joined England’s Coventry City on Wednesday after spending four years in Seattle.
Midfielder Andy Rose, seen dribbling the ball in the playoffs against FC Dallas, joined England’s Coventry City on Wednesday after spending four years in Seattle. The Associated Press

Midfielder Andy Rose has left the Seattle Sounders after four seasons to join Coventry City of England’s League One.

Rose, 25, went on trial with Coventry City during the Major League Soccer offseason and apparently made an impression on manager Tony Mowbray.

“He’s 6-foot-3, very lean, upright and covers the ground,” Mowbray was quoted as saying on the Coventry City website. “… Andy will have to learn the way we play, and he showed good progress during his trial period.”

Rose joined the Sounders in 2012 and appeared in 82 games, recording five goals and seven assists.

He is under Coventry City control until June 2017, according to the website, and Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey implied a return to the Sounders is a possibility.

“I think (playing in England) was something he always wanted to do,” Lagerwey was quoted as saying on SoundersFC.com. “… Our door is open, either in the short term or long term.”

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