After re-signing the core of its team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have reached out for a new face.
Alex Morrell, 22, has signed with the Rowdies. The forward is from Lakeland.
Morrell spent most of last season in the MLS, playing for the Chicago Fire. He spent part of last season on loan to St. Louis.
“We’re excited to sign a young player of Alex’s quality,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “He spent last year in MLS learning from experienced coaches and players and now he’s ready to make the next step. We look forward to seeing him develop and make an impact here with the Rowdies.”
The Fire selected Morrell 22nd overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. He made four appearances for Chicago in his first professional season, logging 56 minutes. Morrell was loaned to Saint Louis in August and played in two USL matches.
Morrell is the 12th member of the Rowdies’ 2017 roster, which opens preseason play January 8 against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg in the Florida Cup.