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.”