Roden arrives in the Pacific Northwest from Stoke City, where he worked as the Premier League club’s Head of Sports Science, helping the Potters to some of their best topflight finishes over the past four seasons in their 155-year history. While at Stoke from 2013 through the beginning of this year, the club’s injury rates remained among the lowest in the league and, on a youth level, Roden oversaw a program that reduced injuries from 36% to 4%. Prior to his time at Stoke City, Roden held positions with Queens Park Rangers (2012-2013), the Football Association of Wales (2011-2012) and Manchester City (2008-2010). Roden replaces former Sounders FC sports science lead Dave Tenney, who departed the club in late 2017 for a similar role with the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association.