Andy Rose

Former Sounders FC midfielder Andy Rose speaks to the media after signing with Coventry City

Andy Rose spoke to the media this week following his first training sessions with Coventry City FC, the English League One team who recently signed the former Sounders FC midfielder to an 18-month contract.


Rose, 24, spoke highly about his new club as well as his time in Seattle, where he spent four seasons from 2012-15. The Sounders offered Rose a new deal last spring but the England native opted to try his luck in the U.K., where he spent time in the Bristol City academy system as a child.


"Coventry are playing some really attractive football and I think the formation City play will really suit me," Rose said. "I think I could find my way in there as one of the two central midfielders but obviously, there is an awful lot of competition at the moment."


Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray, who spoke highly of Rose during his trial with the team at the end of 2015, is looking to refine his new central midfielder's strengths and plans to start him with the U-21 team.


"If we can harness those qualities, the athleticism, size and those legs and ability to pass it then he's got every chance," Mowbray said this week. "And he was happy to come and have a go at that, so let's see how the next few months go."


Rose was quick to acknowledge the experience he gained during his time in Seattle, citing the challenge of matching up against former Liverpool legend and current LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard during the 2015 postseason and playing alongside the likes of Sounders forwards Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey.


"Training with the likes of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey has done wonders for my game,” Rose said, “and has definitely improved me as a player.”

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