SEATTLE, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC today announced the signing of St. Vincent and the Grenadines international Oalex Anderson. The 20-year-old spent the 2015 season with Sounders FC 2 in the club’s inaugural USL campaign, scoring four goals in 16 appearances. Anderson joins fellow forward Andy Craven as the second player to make the jump from S2 to the Sounders FC First Team roster.
"It’s exciting to see our development system at work in signing one of our standout S2 players to the First Team," said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. "Oalex has a lot of potential, which he showed last season, and we’re happy to have him join the senior squad ahead of the 2016 MLS season."
Anderson started seven of 16 appearances for Sounders FC 2 during the 2015 USL season after signing on April 11. The speedy striker scored four goals in just 758 minutes, as the Rave Green notched a postseason appearance in their inaugural campaign. Prior to joining Seattle, Anderson scored 12 goals in 18 appearances for Grenades FC in the 2014 season playing in Antigua and Barbuda. Prior to that, he was the top scorer in the NLA Premier League in 2013 while playing with System 3 FC in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Anderson has 20 caps for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Team since his debut in February of 2014, scoring 10 international goals. He found the net against the U.S. Men’s National Team for an opening strike five minutes into the match in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in November at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but the Vincy Heat lost the contest 6-1.
Additionally, Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that it has loaned defender Jimmy Ockford to NASL side New York Cosmos, while Homegrown Player Jordan Schweitzer has been waived by the First Team and subsequently added to S2’s roster for 2016.
A third-year pro with the Rave Green, Ockford previously spent the 2014 season on loan with the Cosmos, scoring two goals in 10 regular season appearances for the club, adding an additional strike in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.
Schweitzer was signed by Sounders FC on January 7, 2016 after a standout collegiate career at the University of Denver. After being waived by the First Team, the Sounders FC Homegrown Player has been added to S2’s 2016 roster.
Following a 2-2 home draw last week with Club America in the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, Seattle Sounders FC heads to Mexico City for the return leg on Wednesday, March 2 at Estadio Azteca (5:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports 2, Univision, El Rey 1360 AM). Needing a win or a draw with at least three away goals to advance to the Semifinals, the Rave Green head to Estadio Azteca for the first time in club history to try and knock-off the reigning SCCL champion. Seattle then kicks-off its 2016 MLS campaign next Sunday, March 6 against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field (4:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports 1, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).
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TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC loans defender Jimmy Ockford to New York Cosmos on March 1, 2016.
TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC waives midfielder Jordan Schweitzer on March 1, 2016 and subsequently adds him to S2 roster.
TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC signs forward Oalex Anderson on March 1, 2016.
Name: Oalex Anderson
Born: November 11, 1995 in Barrouallie, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Hometown: Barrouallie, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Citizenship: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Acquired: Signed to Sounders FC roster on March 1, 2016
Previous Experience: Sounders FC 2 (2015); Grenades FC (2014-2015); System 3 FC (2013-2014)