Seattle Sounders FC

Kelyn Rowe re-signs with Seattle Sounders through 2023

Chris Smith
Rowe featured in all 34 of the Sounders' MLS regular-season games in 2021.
Rowe featured in all 34 of the Sounders' MLS regular-season games in 2021. / Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Kelyn Rowe has sealed his return to the Seattle Sounders through 2023, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old left the club at the end of last season as a free agent after the Sounders declined their option - a decision that came as a surprise given Rowe featured in every single regular-season match, starting 24 times and notching one goal and three assists.

But Rowe's departure from Seattle was only temporary, with the midfielder sealing his return to Lumen Field on Tuesday.

“We are excited to bring Kelyn back after being such an integral part of our club in 2021,” Sounders general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a club press release. “He showed his value to the team by being the only player to appear in all of our matches last year and we look forward to his contributions going forward.”

Though naturally a midfielder, Rowe - capped four times for the USMNT - proved himself a useful utility man last season, filling in at full-back and wing-back, as well as in various roles through the middle.

It's this versitility that makes him so important to Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer.

“Kelyn is a talented veteran player that we are happy to have back this season,” he said. “He provides our team with a lot of versatility and the ability to play at multiple positions. We are excited to continue to use his skills to better our team.”

Sporting director Craig Waibel shared Schmetzer's view, adding: “Kelyn is a player that has made his teams better wherever he has played. We are pleased to have such a proven player return to our team to contribute both on and off the field.”

The Sounders recently began pre-season training ahead of their opening match of the campaign in the Concacaf Champions League round of 16 against Motagua of Honduras. Seattle's first MLS fixture of the season is at home to Nashville on February 27.