Seattle, Wash. – Seattle Sounders Football Club announced today that it is exercising its 2022 contract options for several players, putting the club’s roster at 19 contract players ahead of next season. After Seattle’s exit from the first round of the 2021 MLS Cup Audience Qualifiers, Rave Green has officially entered the 2021-2022 season, with preparations for the upcoming campaign.
“While we had higher expectations for our play-off round this year, we had a successful regular season and a solid League Cup run. I would like to thank our players for their hard work, as well as our staff for their day-to-day contributions,” said General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. We are already in the midst of preparations for 2022 and we are looking forward to returning for next season, which is around the corner.”
The following players saw their options exercised for 2022: Xavier Arreaga, Josh Atencio, Abdoulaye Cissoko, João Paulo, Jimmy Medranda, Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz. There are an additional twelve players on contract for next season, including Reed Baker-Whiting, Liu Chou, Ethan Doblery, Stephane Frey, Ymar Gomez Andrade, Dani Leiva, Nicolas Lodeiro, Noho, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, Christian Roldan, Brad Smith and Andrew Thomas. .
Sounders FC has rejected contract options for the following players: Nicolas Benezet, Jordi Delem, Chandon Hobo, Freddy Monteiro, Trey Moss, Spencer Ritchie and Clean Roe. In addition, Will Bruin, Stephen Cleveland and Shane O’Neill’s contract has expired. Alex Roldan’s contract has also expired, but Saunders extended him an impressive offer to stay with the club. For a number of these players, additional talks are still underway about returning to Seattle in 2022.
Sounders FC were eliminated from the 2021 Audi MLS Cup qualifiers on November 23 by Real Salt Lake via penalty kicks after 120 minutes of goalless work. Seattle’s thirteenth consecutive post-season berth finished second in the first round to seventh seed RSL, dropping in the first round for the first time since 2011. Rave Green’s campaign ended in 2021 with the club accumulating a record 19-9-10 across all Competitions.
Current Seattle Sounders FC . roster
Goalkeepers (2): Stephen Frey and Andrew Thomas
Defenders (6): Ymar Gómez Andrade, Xavier Arriaga, Abdoulaye Sissoko, Jimmy Medranda, Nuho, Brad Smith
Brokers (8): Josh Atensio, Reed Baker-Whiting, Liu Chu, Ethan Doblery, Joao Paulo, Dani Leiva, Nicholas Lodeiro, Christian Roldan
Attackers (3): Jordan Morris, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, Raul Ruediaz