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Ianni out with foot injury, Neagle move explained

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm with 1 Comment »
January 28, 2013 1:40 pm

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid confirmed that central defender Patrick Ianni suffered a foot injury during jump testing over the weekend.

Schmid had no immediate prognosis for the injury and that an MRI will be performed today.

Even if it eventually keeps Ianni out long term, Schmid said it would necessarily call for a personnel move, as veteran Zach Scott and top draft pick Eriq Zavaleta and handle the position, alongside Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

“We drafted Zavaleta primarily as a center back — this definitely keeps him back there,” Schmid said. “Zach Scott can play inside as well. So, Zach, we’re really looking at him playing more inside this year than outside, because we figured we have Johansson and DeAndre on the right. So it just means Zach will move up into the lineup. So I don’t think it pressures us into a move yet.”

Schmid also talked a little more about the trade yesterday that brings Lamar Neagle back home from Montreal. He admits the trade might make the Sounders a little over-heavy at midfield, but noted that Neagle and other midfielders are capable of moving up to forward, where the Sounders are still looking to fill the hole created by the loan of Fredy Montero.

“Lamar had expressed an interest to them that he wanted to try and get back home to Seattle,” Schmid said. “It was a situation that we had talked to them about an international spot at the draft already trying to get a pick, so we knew they were interested in that. We felt like we could afford to give away an international spot. We thought that was a good trade for us – bringing Lamar back. He’s obviously a local boy and a guy who did well for us. It gives us a little more depth on the wing – maybe (more) than we even need. But Lamar can also play up front. So, he’s shown that capability and we’re going to be missing Martinez at certain times this season as well. So, his versatility and his abilities and his desire to be come back home are all things that came together to make it work. So, we’re happy to have him back. It’s great.”

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  1. elmocatt says:

    While I have no problems with Neagle coming back and hope he does well with the team this time around, I am wondering how the trading of an international slot will impact the teams’ ability to find a quality (international) replacement for Montero up front since he is now out on loan. We don’t have many such int’l slots left.

    Seems like the team has basically two options – 1) look for a US forward who is still available (like what happened with EJ last season, but more likely, this time, we get another team’s scraps*) or 2) wait until the summer international transfer window, sell Montero to the Columbian club along the way and then use the accumulated salary cap savings from Montero, his DP slot and the int’l slot to bring in a high quality import forward for the fall campaign and our playoff run. While I have a lot of faith in Chris Henderson, I am thinking that we will begin the season with a starting front line of EJ and some combo of Ocha/Estrada/Zak/Neagle.

    *Freddy Adu is available and could play up front I suppose, but with his high salary, terrible attitude, and desire to instead play in Europe, he would be clubhouse cancer – stay away from him – would make the end of Ljungberg’s time here look pretty.

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