After Steve Zakuani returned to MLS play on July 7 against Colorado, coach Sigi Schmid raised the possibility of loaning him to another team in order to get him the game-minutes needed to complete his comeback from his leg fractures.
Zakuani got a few minutes at the end of last night’s friendly against Chelsea FC. And now the Sounders MLS Reserve team is about to begin play again, and the first team is about to go into a month that will juggle MLS, the Open Cup final and the start of CONCACAF Champions League. But Schmid said today that the loan for Zakuani remains a possiblity.
“It’s sort of a week-to-week thing,” Schmid said. “There are some teams that have expressed sort of an interest in that. Either the timing hasn’t been right, or it hasn’t worked out. We’re getting closer to where we’re getting some reserve games coming up here shortly. It’s a very fluid situation, so I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not happen. It could happen, could not happen. It’s sort of a week-to-week thing…
“You can loan him out for just a game or two. I think you can do that twice in a season. So we’ve just got to see what’s best overall.
Schmid was asked to explain the reason loans can work for both sides.
:If somebody’s not getting a lot of games for us … sometimes maybe there’s a team in the second division – NASL or USL – that’s had an injury or something so there forward’s out, or a midfielder, so they use your player for a game,” he said. “He’s in a situation where he gets 90 minutes or close to it, gets a chance fitness-wise, gets in the rhythm of a game and then he rejoins your team after a game or two with them.”