Not only has the Sounders' roster evolved recently, but the amount of playing time for several players has been tweaked as well. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid talked a bit today about the lessened role of teenager Miguel Montano and the increased time for Nate Sturgis and Sanna Nyassi:
Here's Schmid on Fucito:
“He trained this week. We wanted to see how he would get through training this week. So he is training without any limitations this week. We are going day by day and each day when he comes in he says he feels fine. He still feels a little bit where he doesn’t feel entirely fit or as strong as he was but he’s definitely pretty close if not there.”
And here's a conversation with Fucito:
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On his status: I tried a light training Saturday and then reserve training Sunday. (Monday) was kind of my first probably true test because we had that little scrimmage and did a little fitness at the end and then we had weights at the afternoon. I got through it, so that’s good.
On the injury: It’s a very rare thing. Like a freak injury, unfortunately. But it’s feeling good. This is definitely the best I’ve felt in months. … What they did was they put in like 100 stitches inside my knee cap, kind of quilting the two layers of tissue down to keep the fluid out. That just caused it to be really stiff, and then they were worried about if falling on it again if I would kind of re-sheer the layers, and then the pocket would come back. Now I’m kind of without restriction.
On his fitness: It’s coming along. I’ve been working with (fitness coach Dave Tenney) a lot the past two weeks, and he’s pretty good about kicking our butts so when we come back we’re not too far off. Obviously game fitness is hard to get unless you’re playing games, so that will be the last to come. But I feel pretty good. I don’t feel like I’m too far out.On the injury coming at a time when the coaches were raving about him: I think it’s been a while. I have to prove that I can come back to where I was at and hopefully continue that momentum. I don’t feel forgotten about at all. The coaches and everyone has been very supportive and great. I think it’s going to take a couple of more days to get my confidence back and to feel fully comfortable, which is natural considering I’ve been out so long. But I’m looking to pick up where I left off and hopefully bang some more goals away.
On the fun of being back: So fun. you have no idea. It was a frustrating four months. I’m a lot happier these days that I can go out and train.