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December 28, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Thursday notes: Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe signs with MLS

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The hard work finally payed off to make the dream come true. #proathlete
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I remember it was about four and a half years ago. Kelyn Rowe, then a freshman at Federal Way High School, scored two goals in the Class 4A state championship — a game the Eagles lost to the Pasco Bulldogs in a wild 4-3 affair.

I was there and could tell Rowe was a special talent. So consider me not surprised to see Wednesday that the UCLA sophomore reportedly signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS.

The tweet above appears to be confirmation.

Rowe actually trained a bit with the Sounders in April. I caught up with him for a brief chat, where he detailed he’d be going to train with some teams in Europe over the summer. The midfielder returned for another season with the Bruins and most recently participated in the U.S. U-23 camp. Barring a trade, there’s hardly any chance he slips to Seattle at No. 15 in January’s MLS SuperDraft, so don’t get your hopes up.

Here are some other notes:

Goal.com interviewed Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid over the phone the other day. Here are some highlights: a) It doesn’t sound likely that the team will go after another DP, b) It might be until late 2012 or even 2013 before Steve Zakuani and O’Brian White are back to their top form, c) Fredy Montero has improved each year, now it’s time for him to score a playoff goal.

— Pasco native Preston Zimmerman had some interesting things to say about U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Wednesday. In a series of 16 tweets, he criticized Klinsmann’s selection choices when it comes to the recent influx of German-Americans.

— Former Sounder Erik Friberg offered some thoughts on future Sounder Adam Johansson in a Swedish report.

— Lastly, here’s a video of the year’s best in Soccer AM’s “Showboat” series:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=jwA2nbMw400

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