Sounders 2 add Olsen, Narbon ahead of Sunday USL home opener at Starfire

700px-seattle_sounders_fc_2-svgSEATTLE, WA—(club release) Seattle Sounders FC 2 today announced that it is has signed forward David Olsen and midfielder Francisco Narbon to S2 contracts. Olsen, who shined in two seasons with the Sounders FC Academy’s U-18 side, enters his first year as a professional, while Narbon joins S2 after playing for USL side FC Cincinnati in 2016. Both players are eligible to play in Sunday’s season-opening contest against Sacramento Republic FC at Starfire Stadium (2:00 p.m. PT / Live-Streamed on SoundersFC.com).

(Cover photo: David Olsen, from Sounders U23.)

“We are very excited to have David and Francisco sign contracts with S2,” Sounders FC Director of Player Personnel Kurt Schmid said. “We’ve been following David’s development for a long time now and Francisco has proven he can compete at this level. With our 2017 season getting underway on Sunday, we could not be more excited to work with this current group.”

Olsen, 21, comes to S2 after spending two seasons at Seattle University. In 2015, the Seattle native led Division I with 16 goals, then added four more scoring tallies last fall. Olsen spent his freshman campaign at San Diego State, where he recorded seven goals. Olsen, who attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, is a Sounders FC Academy product. In two seasons with the U-18 side, Olsen tallied 35 goals.

Narbon, 22, enters his second season in USL after making four appearances with FC Cincinnati in 2016. The midfielder also spent one season at James Madison University, where he made 16 appearances for the Dukes. The Panama City, Panama native earned his first cap for Panama in a 3-0 loss to Peru on August 6, 2014. He has two caps for Los Canaleros.

Including these two signings, S2 has 12 players under contract. The Rave Green also announced the Sounders FC Academy players who are eligible to play in USL this season:

POSITION NAME
Goalkeeper Sam Fowler
Goalkeeper Trey Muse
Defender Joe Hafferty
Defender Ethan Lotenaro
Defender Jake Morris
Defender Jackson Ragen
Midfielder Georg Armstrong
Midfielder Jamie Dimitroff
Midfielder Sam Rogers
Midfielder Kei Tomozawa
Forward Milo Barton
Forward Azriel Gonzalez
Forward Paul Rothrock
Forward Stirling Russell

“S2 continues to provide a pathway to the professional levels of our organization, and we are so pleased for these Academy players that now have this opportunity before them,” said Sounders FC Academy Director Marc Nicholls. “Each year we continiue to strengthen this process, further solidifying the connection between our club’s Academy, USL side and First Team.”

S2 begins its third USL season with a contest against Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday, March 26 at Starfire Stadium at 2:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available via SoundersFC.com/s2/Tickets.

Name: David Olsen
Position: Forward
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Born: February 5, 1996
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Citizenship: United States
College: Seattle
Acquired: Signed to S2’s roster on March 24, 2017

Name: Francisco Narbon
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150
Born: February 11, 1995
Citizenship: Panama / United States
Acquired: Signed to S2’s roster on March 24, 2017
Previous Experience: FC Cincinnati

S2’s current roster is listed below by positional breakdown.

CURRENT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2 ROSTER

Defenders (4): Rodrigue Ele, Riley Grant, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Denso Ulysse
Midfielders (4): Francisco Narbon, Irvin Parra, Lorenzo Ramos, Ray Saari
Forwards (4): Felix Chenkam, Shandon Hopeau, David Olsen, Javorn Stevens

– S2 –

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