Kelyn Rowe is loving playing for his hometown club.
A Federal Way native, Rowe joined the Sounders after stints with the New England Revolution, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake ahead of the 2021 MLS Regular season. Playing across the midfield and at right wingback, Rowe has already amassed 1,502 minutes played across 23 league matches. On Tuesday, he joined Major League Soccer's ExtraTime Radio podcast to discuss the Rave Green's success this season, life in Seattle, and the importance of giving back during Kick Childhood Cancer Month.
Asked his thoughts on the Leagues Cup, Rowe shared his excitement over immediately contending for silverware.
"It's incredible," he said. "Six months in and I'm already in a final."
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Rowe eventually played his college soccer at UCLA. After starring for the Bruins, he spent the majority of his MLS career with the Revolution. Now in the prime of his career, Rowe is finally playing his trade for his hometown club, a move he said was several years in the making.
"I knew it was going to come about some time soon," added Rowe. "I didn't know it was going to be this year, I was just hoping it would. For me, it was pure bliss."
September is Kick Childhood Cancer month, an annual league-wide initiative that raises awareness for different childhood cancer and supports fundraising efforts. Dating back to his time in New England, Rowe has always firmly believed in using his platform to help lift the spirits of children battling cancer.
"This is more than soccer," said Rowe. "This is actually real life, and I can do so much more.”
You can listen to the full episode HERE.