Sounders FC today announced the signing of Cameroonian forward Felix Chenkam. The 19-year-old is tied for the team lead with four goals in nine appearances for Sounders FC 2 this season, in addition to five goals in 19 appearances for the USL side in 2017. The speedy striker joins the First Team roster ahead of Saturday’s clash with Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field (2:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). Chenkam now occupies one of Sounders FC’s allocated international roster spots.
“We’re pleased to announce the signing of Felix to the First Team after over a year with S2,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We’ve spoken in the past about the importance of developing talent from our internal development pipeline. Not only are we excited to reward Felix for his hard work with S2, but also to add a young player that addresses a position of need for us.”
Chenkam has started seven of his nine appearances for S2 this season, and he scored two of his four goals in a 3-2 win over Rio Grande Valley FC at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on April 14. The striker was named to the USL Team of the Week for his performance. The Douala, Cameroon native joined S2 in March of 2017 from Cameroonian side Rainbow FC.
“He’ll add a different dimension to what the club has at the moment, in that he’s good at hold up play, he’ll connect plays in the buildup and he wants to score goals,” said Sounders FC 2 Head Coach John Hutchinson. “He’s got a decent shot from range, and he’ll add a bit of enthusiasm up top, as well. He’s young, hungry, and wants to go from there.”
Following a bye week from MLS play, Sounders FC prepares for a matchup with Real Salt Lake on Saturday, May 26 at CenturyLink Field (2:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). S2 currently has a bye week from USL play before hitting the road to face Fresno FC on Saturday, June 2 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).