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S2 signs midfielder on eve of opener

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Seattle Sounders FC 2 has signed Argentine midfielder Pablo Rossi, the club announced today. Rossi, 22, most recently played in the Argentine Primera Division with Atletico de Rafaela. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

"I think Pablo is one of the more talented and technical players we have seen throughout preseason and we are very happy to have him join S2," said S2 Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson. "He has the technical ability to play at this level, and be possesses great vision and an incredible shot. You need guys with those types of qualities on the pitch. He brings the flair we need."

Rossi had an impressive preseason with the club, scoring three goals, including two strikes from direct free-kicks. His third goal was off an indirect free-kick 30 yards from goal.

"I think this is a great club and I see this as a very important step for my career," said Rossi. "We are all trying to earn something out there, and we are trying to do the right things. I would like to score goals which is what every player wants. We are getting better day-by-day and as the weeks go by we are going to improve and do well as a team this season."

In the club's most recent scrimmage against Whitecaps FC 2, Rossi assisted on a go-ahead goal by fellow S2 signing Andy Craven. He assisted Craven on two other occasions this preseason, including one in a 3-1 scrimmage win over University of Washington last month.

S2 opens its inaugural USL campaign this Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT against defending USL champion Sacramento Republic FC. Members of the media interested in attending the inaugural match should contact Branden Griffith [BrandenG@SoundersFC.com].

Tickets to that match, as well as season ticket options - including all 14 regular season, post-season and S2 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games - are available via sndrs.com/ut4w.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC 2 signs midfielder Pablo Rossi on March 20, 2015.

Name: Pablo Rossi

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-0

Weight: 155

Born: April 5, 1992 in Rosario, Argentina

Hometown: Rosario, Argentina

Citizenship: Argentina

Acquired: Signed to S2 roster on March 19, 2015

Previous Experience: Atletico de Rafaela (2012-2013)

ABOUT SOUNDERS FC 2

Announced on October 14, 2014, Sounders FC 2 is the club's Second Team, playing in USL starting in the 2015 season. Known as S2, the team represents a link between the Sounders FC Academy and Sounders FC First Team. Playing its home matches at Starfire Stadium, S2 emphasizes development and community involvement, and provides a consistent and competitive professional environment for promising Academy players and certain First Team players to progress. The team operates under the management of Sounders FC and the Sounders Community Trust, an unprecedented, fan-owned organization that will hold a 20-percent interest in the team.

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