SEATTLE, WA—(S2 release) Seattle Sounders FC 2 today announced that it is has exercised the 2017 option of midfielder Irvin Parra and signed midfielder Lorenzo Ramos. The club has also added forward Javorn Stevens to its roster, pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“2016 provided another valuable step in our long-term vision for the club,” said Head Scout Kurt Schmid. “We’re pleased with many improvements that S2 continues to make, including a younger core and multiple players getting looks with the First Team.”
Ramos, 19, officially joins S2 after playing in Sounders FC Academy since 2011. In the 2016 season, the midfielder made 14 appearances and recorded one goal for S2. His score came in a 2-1 home win over Portland Timbers 2.
Stevens, 18, is a forward from Antigua and Barbuda. He joins S2 from Hoppers FC, which is an Antiguan club that plays in the country’s premier division. He has three caps for his country’s national team, while also playing for his country’s U-20 side. In February, Stevens is set to compete in the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica.
Additionally, the club has declined the contract options of defenders Devon Fisher and Michael Nelson, midfielders Willy Kapawa and Mark O’Ojong and forward Myron Samuel.
The following players from the 2016 roster are currently out of contract: goalkeeper Matt Bersano, defender Brandon John, midfielders Emir Alihodzic and Amadou Sanyang and forward Carlos Patino. Midfielder Jordan Schweitzer, who signed a Homegrown Player contract in January 2016, was also out of contract and signed with Orlando City B in December.
In 2016, S2 finished 12th in the Western Conference with a record of 9-13-8. Sounders FC looks to continue to use its USL club as an opportunity for young talent within the organization to earn professional experience.