Health issues dominated the news this morning as the Sounders made a quick turnaround from last night’s win over Marathon and immediate began training for their return to MLS on Saturday against Toronto.
Michael Fucito, who scored both goals in Seattle’s 2-0 win last night, watched training from the sidelines with a sprained ankle. But the good news was that X-rays showed that’s all it was.
“I feel all right,” Fucito said. “I kind of twisted my ankle on the play after (the goal). On the kickoff I went to pressure the defender and block the clearance. I probably just should’ve stayed out of it.”
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid made the same point last night after the game. However, Fucito admitted that aggressiveness is his natural style.
“Yeah, he said. “It’s hard for me to hold back, and I think going forward I need to be a little bit smarter in those situations. But it’s part of the game.”
Schmid also noted that Pat Noonan underwent surgery this week in Colorado and will return to the club on Saturday, although he is on the disabled list and is done for the season.
Also on the disabled list is veteran midfielder Peter Vagenas, who was healthy enough to return to the pitch in a reserve role last night. However, that DL designation means he cannot play in any more MLS games this season. Vagenas didn’t want to discuss why he was put on the list, however Schmid said part of it was because of numbers, but part also the fear that even once the veteran was healthy enough to return, that he might not be able to stay that way.
“Noonan had surgery so he should be back on Saturday. Fucito’s x-rays were negative so it’s just how he responds to treatment.”