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April 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Catching up with local product Kelyn Rowe at Sounders camp

rowe1.jpgThere was a new face at Sounders FC training today, Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe (pictured above powering home an impressive header). The 19-year-old recently played with the U.S. U-20 youth national team in an attempt to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup — a run that fell one win short.

Rowe played for Federal Way High School a couple years and also with Crossfire Premier. Last fall he had a standout freshman season at UCLA and on Wednesday he shared some time to talk about his future.

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(What’s your schedule like these days? I know you just got done with the U.S. U-20s. What allowed you to come to Sounders FC camp?) “I just needed some extra training. Sigi was nice enough to let me come out for a little bit. The U-20s was great, a lot of fun. Unfortunately there were goals we couldn’t stop in the loss against Guatemala, but that’s fine. Now I’m looking to go to France and Germany to go on some trials there.”

rowe2.jpg(Going to Europe? So is your college career over or how does that work? Still coming back for the fall season?) “Right now I’m going to make a couple stops in Europe. College definitely isn’t over for me; I plan on graduating at some point in my life. I’m not sure if it’s going to take four years or 24 years, whatever it takes. For now I’m taking my spring quarter off at UCLA, so no eligibility lost there. I’m paying my way to France and Germany so, again, no eligibility lost there. I’m keeping everything eligible so I can have a chance to go back next season and hopefully win a national championship.”

(And beyond that, does MLS remain an option for you? One of many options?) “Yeah, I want as many options as possible. If I can’t make it with a European team, and all the leagues in Europe are very hard to get to, I would definitely love to come back here and play in MLS. I’m never counting that out at all.”

(Obviously it was a disappointing ending, but how do you reflect on your time with the U.S. U-20s in World Cup qualifying?) “The opportunity was great. Being able to represent your country — unfortunately not in a World Cup — but qualifying is almost as good. It was definitely a great experience for me. I felt honored that Thomas Rongen picked me and let me start and play all three games. Helping the team out as much as possible was awesome.”

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