Sounders defender Jeff Parke said that he is unhappy to have been out of the starting lineup so far this season. He said that he has discussed the situation with coach Sigi Schmid, and acknowledges that it is the coach’s call to make.
“It is what it is,” Parke said. “I’m not happy about it, but that’s the coach’s decision. He’s the one with the answers. I guess he’s had to put some thought into it. It’s frustrating, but the only thing I can do is go out and play and push for the spot. Do I agree? No. Do I think that’s the reality of it? No. But that’s his take, and everybody is entitled to his own opinions and thoughts. I’ll try my best to keep the frustration and anger down, but it definitely is something that has been frustrating, but I guess it’s part of the game.”
Schmid missed Sounders training today due to what the club is calling personal reasons. However, he has said recently that he considers that he has three starting-quality centerbacks: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and Parke.
Here’s more from Parke:
If he was told in advance that he wasn’t starting) I found out afterward. I guess that’s just how he does it. And then we talked afterward. We had some words. I told him how I felt, and I guess he told me his opinion. That’s anybody’s thoughts and they’re entitled to them. As long as I can speak my piece and tell him how I feel and my thoughts. Day by day, I guess.
In a follow up, he was asked if “had some words” means a headed conversation) No. It was just showing frustration, telling how I felt, and telling him where it was and what I thought was going on. And he told me what he thought. There was no yelling, there was nothing like that. But there’s definitely frustrating and disappointment in it, but I guess like I said, that’s part of the game and part of what happens in sports. It’s not always your way.
On if he was given a clear path back to the starting lineup) That’s how sports are sometimes. It’s not always in your favor, and you’re not always in the coach’s favor. That’s the tough thing about sports. You just have to keep working and keep pushing. As long as the team is doing well, that’s all that matters to me really. But in the back of my mind also, I want to play. It’s something that I have to work on and maybe grow a little bit as a player. But if I was happy about it then I really wouldn’t be that eager to get back onto the field, and it’s really just not my personality to let something like that go and let the coach do his thing and not let me actually say and do my thing.
On Schmid’s comments that he hadn’t started the Toronto game due to tired legs) That’s what I was told. … I thought they were all right. It’s two or three games into the season. That’s just his opinion.
On if he thought he had proven himself last season, when he was voted the club’s defender of the year) I thought I did. Yeah. I’m not going to go into it too much. That’s a conversation he and I should be having.