Sounders No. 1 draft pick Andrew Duran was on crutches during training this morning, following knee surgery yesterday.
“It’s a four to six week thing," coach Sigi Schmid said. "I talked to the doctor about the surgery, and it went well, although where the tear was it was a little more difficult to get out. It might be closer to the six week range than the four, but it’s in that range.”
Schmid was asked the origin of the injury:
"He had an old surgery where they actually sewed the meniscus together and then when we were training at VMAC he felt something a little bit when he went into the corner with (Lamar) Neagle in the one training. And I guess in that incident or through other incidents it re-tore in the same spot. So it’s time just to take it out. Very similar to a surgery Brad Evans had -- what was it, Brad’s first year here? – and we expect the same results."
We also asked the status of forward O'Brian White:
"O’Brian right now is on the disabled list, and we’re still in the process of finalizing. He’s gone to see some other doctors, so we’ve gotten a second and a third opinion. So now we’re at the stage of compiling all that together and deciding how to procede. For right now – or for the near future – he’s on the disabled list."
Finally, we asked if White is the only Sounder on the DL.
"Right now, yes," Schmid said.